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Blackpool 0-0 Wolves

Blackpool-Wolves, Bloomfield Road, 13 September 2014. Joan Oriol outjumps Rajiv Van La Parra

Blackpool earned their first point of the season as they climbed off the bottom of the Championship after an entertaining goalless draw with Wolves.

But Kenny Jackett's Wolves stay third, despite drawing a blank against under-pressure Jose Riga's Tangerines.

Wolves, who could have gone top with a victory, hit the woodwork through Rajiv van La Parra before the interval.

But Blackpool also found the woodwork, striker Nile Ranger dinking an effort off the crossbar after the break.

Wolves' last win at Bloomfield Road
Wolves won on their last trip to Bloomfield Road in December 2012 - Stale Solbakken's last victory as Wolves boss

Riga's first point as Blackpool boss after a run of six straight losses ended a week of high drama at Bloomfield Road.

The Belgian has retained the backing of Blackpool supporters, who chanted his name, making it clear they hope to see him still in charge for the Watford game in three days' time.

It seemed improbable that Riga would even be in charge of this contest after Burton's Gary Rowett was lined up to replace him, and chairman Karl Oyston has also openly called Riga's professionalism into question.

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Wolves boss Jackett on Blackpool draw

But Riga inspired a spirited performance which suggests his team are not as doomed as their early-season form indicates, against a Wolves side who had enjoyed three straight wins going into the international break.

After two early chances for home striker Nathan Delfouneso, Blackpool's Joe Lewis was the first of the two keepers called into action when he pushed away Wolves midfielder Michael Jacobs' header.

However, Wolves ended the half on top when right winger Van La Parra's cross-cum-shot came back off the far post before Danny Batth skewed a drilled effort just wide.

Blackpool-Wolves, Bloomfield Road, 13 September 2014. Nathan Delfouneso evades the attentions of Richard Stearman
Nathan Delfouneso evaded the attentions of Richard Stearman to go close for Blackpool early on

Riga's men should have been ahead four minutes into the second period when the overlapping Tony McMahon fired into the side netting, before Ranger waltzed beyond Batth and turned back on to his right foot, only to stab an effort against the bar.

By that time, Jackett had already turned to Bakary Sako and James Henry off the bench. But it was McMahon who went close again when Carl Ikeme tipped over his header.

Blackpool manager Jose Riga:

"I think that the feeling I have had from day one is that the fans are really behind us and they can recognise when you work hard to get something.

"It's not about me, or the staff, it's about the players. It's one of the main reasons why I'm here; I decided to go to Blackpool because I knew we can create this kind of sphere. It's good to be able to give back what they deserve.

"I just focus on my job as manager and they know it. I am happy again to give back to them."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett:

"They've drawn 0-0 at home and they've been applauded off. The supporters are right behind the players and the manager and you could see it in the spirit that the players have shown. They showed fantastic spirit in their defending and in their heart.

"We need a really accurate assessment of where we are, what we've got and what we need to make up.

"We've come into this division and played some very good football and we would like to be able to score more goals."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 6Clarke
  • 2Daniels
  • 3Oriol
  • 4Perkins
  • 24Lundstram
  • 23OriolSubstituted forZenjovat 90'minutes
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forMillerat 66'minutes
  • 14DelfounesoSubstituted forZokoat 72'minutes
  • 19Ranger

Substitutes

  • 7Cywka
  • 13Zoko
  • 16Dielna
  • 17Miller
  • 20Zenjov
  • 21Parish
  • 28Rentmeister

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5Stearman
  • 3Golbourne
  • 8Saville
  • 11McDonald
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forSakoat 55'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 27JacobsSubstituted forHenryat 55'minutes
  • 40DickoSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 9Clarke
  • 10Sako
  • 13McCarey
  • 14Evans
  • 18Ricketts
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
12,233

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Offside, Blackpool. Joe Lewis tries a through ball, but Nile Ranger is caught offside.

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Blackpool).

Foul by Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Francois Zoko (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Henry.

Hand ball by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Sergei Zenjov replaces Edu Oriol.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

Attempt saved. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Saville (Wolverhampton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Leon Clarke (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

Foul by Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nile Ranger (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Nile Ranger (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by David Perkins.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Joan Oriol.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Carl Ikeme.

Attempt saved. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Francois Zoko replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Nouha Dicko.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nile Ranger.

Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Ishmael Miller replaces Andrea Orlandi.

Attempt blocked. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

Attempt blocked. Edu Oriol (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nottm Forest5410113813
2Norwich6411125713
3Wolves641162413
4Watford6402137612
5Charlton6330107312
6Brentford632196311
7Millwall631265110
8Blackburn63121111010
9Reading631288010
10Middlesbrough63038719
11Sheff Wed62315419
12Derby52219548
13Bournemouth622210738
14Ipswich62227618
15Cardiff62228808
16Wigan62139817
17Brighton62138807
18Rotherham621336-37
19Leeds621349-57
20Birmingham6132510-56
21Huddersfield6114715-84
22Bolton6024410-62
23Blackpool601539-61
24Fulham6015313-101
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