Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae admitted that his side’s 2-2 draw with Blackburn felt like a defeat after seeing a last-minute Steve Davies own goal hand Rovers a point in a fiery Lancashire derby at Bloomfield Road.
Both teams finished with 10 men after the game was marred late on when former Seasider DJ Campbell and Jack Robinson both saw red after a melee in the box involving all the outfield players.
Tom Ince’s early penalty was cancelled out by Jordan Rhodes’ own spot-kick before Dan Gosling’s long-range effort gave Blackpool a first-half lead.
And Blackburn drew level in injury time when Tom Cairney’s right-wing free-kick went in off the head of Blackpool’s Davies in a crowded penalty area.
Rae said: “We’re obviously extremely disappointed to lose the goal in the last minute as we had the game under control and restricted them to long-throws into the box.
“Overall we were probably well worth the three points - early on Tom (Ince) was creating a lot of problems. We pride ourselves on our defensive duties and we’ve conceded from two set-plays.
“It’s a local derby and we started really bright. Unfortunately we couldn’t capitalise on it and we allowed them to get back into it.
“But these boys will learn from that and they’re all really disappointed which is a good yardstick for us of how far the club has come.
“My initial reaction was it was a dangerous tackle from DJ (Campbell) and he went in two-footed and it was dangerous.
“It without a doubt felt like a loss - I’m frustrated and it’s always a sore one to concede an own goal.”