Rotherham 1 Blackpool 1

Stuart O'Keefe on his Blackpool debut

Stuart O'Keefe on his Blackpool debut

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Steven Davies’ late goal earned Blackpool a point on a battling afternoon against Rotherham.

A howler from Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin allowed Davies to fire home from eight yards to take a point away from the New York Stadium.

Substitutes Jordan Bowery looked to have handed Rotherham the win only for the late leveller to ensure the points were shared between the two Sky Bet Championship strugglers.

Rotherham fielded all three of their new loan signings and it was full-back Reece James, borrowed from Manchester United on Thursday, who helped to create the game’s first chance.

James linked up well with Ben Pringle who sent in a dangerous ball that Blackpool captain Peter Clarke almost diverted in.

Aaother loanee, Emmanuel Ledesma, one of seven Rotherham changes from their defeat to Birmingham last week, then fired a shot in that Matt Derbyshire almost connected with.

Tom Lawrence then forced Joe Lewis into a strong save. Bottom side Blackpool then created a chance of their own but Collin was on hand to keep out Nile Ranger’s header.

Lewis at the other end then had to be watchful as Lawrence fired an inswinging corner in that would have crept in.

Rotherham’s good start to the game faded drastically as the game became reflective of the two teams’ lowly position in the table.

The Millers were partially down to 10 men with Kirk Broadfoot receiving treatment before Kari Arnason came on to replace him.

I that period Blackpool could have gone ahead when Tom Kennedy picked out Ranger with a pinpoint cross but the striker could not force his header on goal as the half finished goalless.

Chris Eagles had the first effort on goal in the second period and his bouncing shot from the edge of the box had to be gathered at the second attempt by Collin.

Rotherham should then have capitalised from slack Blackpool marking from Ledesma’s freekick.

The Blackpool defence appeared to try and play an offside but left a queue of men free including Paul Green who could not quite glance the ball goalwards.

Jordan Bowery was brought on in search of a Rotherham winner with the impressive Lawrence going off and the former might have been forgiven he had gotten it on 78 minutes.

Bowery made space for himself down the left hand side of the box and cut inside to open up the angle before dragging his shot past Lewis.

Nathan Delfouneso almost hit back straight away after skipping by a number of challenges he fired a curling effort that went just over the angle of bar and post.

The game was levelled up on 85 minutes when Collin came out to clear an innocuous ball but missed his kick spectacularly and left Davies with the simple task of slotting into an empty goal.

Pool: Lewis, Kennedy, Foley, Nosworthy, Clarke, O’Hara, O’Keefe, Perkins, Eagles, Ranger, Murphy.

Subs: Parish, Dunne, Orlandi, Davies, Delfouneso, Waddington and Miller.