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Ewood Park (ATT 17,764) 29th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Russell

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool Blackpool

Blackburn 1

J Rhodes (79)

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Blackpool 1

G MacKenzie (65)

Championship: Jordan Rhodes earns Blackburn a 1-1 draw against Blackpool

Last Updated: 29/03/13 5:43pm

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Jordan Rhodes: Celebrates his equaliser for Rovers

Jordan Rhodes: Celebrates his equaliser for Rovers

Jordan Rhodes earned Blackburn a 1-1 draw against Blackpool in their Championship clash at Ewood Park on Friday.

On-loan MK Dons centre-back Gary MacKenzie gave Blackpool a 64th minute lead as Rovers once again failed to convince.

But Scotland international striker Rhodes secured a share of the spoils with his 24th Championship goal of the season.

Tom Ince and substitute Elliot Grandin came close to sealing the points for Paul Ince's men, but both teams edged five points clear of the relegation zone.

David Dunn fizzed a 25-yarder over on the back of a driving run from Joshua King as Rovers threatened to shake their early lethargy.

Matt Phillips flashed a long-range drive past the post with Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean scrambling in the 35th minute.

Rovers started the second half on the front foot and David Jones rounded Matt Gilks but fired over.

But Blackpool began to push Rovers back and Kean palmed away when Ludovic Sylvestre shot through a crowd of bodies.

MacKenzie then reacted quickest to smuggle home at the near post after Kean touched Alex Baptiste's header from Tom Ince's right-wing corner away from the goalmouth.

The equaliser came in the 79th minute with set-piece vulnerability on display once more - Todd Kane heading across goal from Lee Williamson's chip into the box after Pool failed to clear for Rhodes to nod home and end a six-game goal drought for club and country.

Blackpool came closest to stealing victory as Kean parried Ince's shot at the end of a menacing run and tipped over Grandin's header.

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2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17