Football - Ince content with point

Blackpool boss Paul Ince admitted the 1-1 draw with Blackburn at Ewood Park was "a fair result".

PA Sport

Top scorer Jordan Rhodes was Rovers' hero in this all-Lancashire clash - the Scotland international's 24th goal of the season and 22nd since arriving from Huddersfield in August ensuring both teams edged five points clear of the relegation zone after Gary MacKenzie gave Blackpool a 64th-minute lead.

Ince cursed his luck after Rovers goalkeeper Jake Kean thwarted Tom Ince and substitute Nathan Delfouneso in the closing minutes.

But the former Blackburn manager accepted a draw was a fair reflection on his return to Ewood and criticised his team for going into their shells after taking the lead.

"It's a fair result," he said. "The first half was poor really, the players got involved in the occasion rather than actually playing the game - it was all about headers and tackles and getting knockdowns. Second half they've had two good chances and Gary will be disappointed for one of them not to go in.

"Once we got the goal I was thinking we were going to go on and win it comfortably. Instead of staying on the front foot, which got us the goal in the first place, we started defending deeper and deeper.

"It's okay if it's the last couple of minutes of the game but we started to go deep as soon as we scored the goal in the 64th minute. You can't do that and we got punished for it.

"We've had two great chances in the last five minutes - the keeper makes a great save from Thomas.

"If Nathan's is anywhere in the corners or anywhere down it's a goal."

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