This was more a case of a poor donkey ride rather than Rovers being at the races in an awful performance at Blackpool.
The game had started as bright as the town’s illuminations for the away team, Andy Taylor putting into his own net inside 50 seconds. However, from there on in, it went downhill, and downhill quickly at that.
Poor defensive errors have been Rovers downfall this season and were evident in the first Blackpool goal; the defence opening up for Dan Potts to equalise. Then a comical mix of poor defending, from Cedric Evina and Harry Middleton in particular, allowed Kelvin Mellor to loop the ball into the net for 2-1.
Two goals in the first three minutes of the second half duly put the game to bed; a free-kick laid off for Potts to smash in his second of the day, before a back pass was intercepted by Kyle Vassell to slot home.
Rovers finally returned from the Pleasure Beach on 66 minutes when Tommy Rowe twisted and turned to earn a penalty which he calmly slotted home.
And, with Rovers showing a little bit more attacking intent, the game was briefly kicked in to life. However, it was too little too late, and it with too much for Rovers to claw back do deny Blackpool the win.
Late on Rovers won another penalty, but Rowe missed this one; summing up just how poor Rovers’ day had really been.