Blackpool 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

Giles Barnes in action during last night's 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.
Giles Barnes in action during last night's 2-1 defeat at Blackpool.

SUPER sub Thomas Ince scored with virtually the last kick of the game to rob Rovers of a deserved point.

Billy Sharp gave Doncaster a first half lead, latching onto Giles Barnes’ mis-hit effort after Simon Gillett’s shot had been parried by Matthew Gilks.

But Ince – the son of former Manchester United and Liverpool star Paul – scored within six minutes of coming on after the break and then fired home from 25-yards in the fourth minute of added time to condemn Dean Saunders’ side to a second successive defeat.

Saunders made four changes from the starting eleven that lost to Leeds, handing starts to Neil Sullivan, Sam Hird, Pascal Chimbonda and Kyle Bennett at the expense of Chris Kirkland, Richard Naylor, James O’Connor and James Coppinger.

In return he got a composed and, at times, cultured display from his team as the shape of the side returned to a more familiar 4-3-3 with Sharp leading the line.

The visitors created several opportunities and enjoyed the better of the first half – and seemed to have Blackpool under control until an equaliser arrived out of the blue.

Shortly after Ince’s leveller, Gilks made a crucial one-on-save to deny Sharp a second from close range.

And the miss proved to be a costly one as the substitute rifled home from distance to leave Rovers empty-handed.