Rovers get maximum return with late Emerton strike
25 September 2010 06:30
Brett Emerton grabbed a last-gasp winner as Blackburn snatched a 2-1 victory in a compelling Lancashire derby at Blackpool.
The Australian struck four minutes into injury time after Blackpool substitute Matt Phillips thought he had earned a point with an 87th-minute equaliser at Bloomfield Road.
Blackburn had led since the 20th minute of the Barclays Premier League encounter when the otherwise excellent Charlie Adam inexplicably headed into his own net.
It was only Blackburn's second win of the season and brought relief to their manager Sam Allardyce - sacked by Blackpool 14 years ago - after squandering leads in four previous games.
Defeat was harsh on the Seasiders in their first league meeting with their neighbours for 30 years. They started and finished strongly and Adam went close to making amends for his blunder three times.
Goalkeepers Matthew Gilks and Paul Robinson both had fine individual games in a match characterised by free-flowing attack, while both sides hit the woodwork.