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Blackpool 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watches on

Bolton remain second from bottom and without a win after they were held to a goalless draw by Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

Wanderers, who are enduring their worst league start for 50 years, hit the woodwork through Jermaine Beckford.

The former Everton and Leeds striker also forced Matt Gilks into an excellent save.

Ricardo Fuller had the home side's best chance when his cross-cum-shot was cleared off the line by Alex Baptiste.

Blackpool, who are enjoying their best start in 18 years, could have gone second with a win, but they found themselves under pressure for long periods.

Liam Feeney, signed on loan from Millwall, looked dangerous down the right and almost beat Gilks with a deflected cross.

After weathering the early storm, the home side had a goal disallowed for offside before Bobby Grant fired straight at Adam Bogdan.

Blackpool are now without a win in their last three but could count themselves lucky to take a point after the woodwork prevented Beckford from scoring and Tim Ream fired over from just six yards out for Bolton.

Paul Ince's side are just four points behind league leaders Burnley, while Bolton are one of only four sides in the entire Football League without a win so far.

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae: "It was a hard-fought encounter. We knew it wasn't going to be easy because Bolton have a rich squad of players - you look at their bench and there's top players there.

"I suppose the most pleasing thing for me and the manager is that we've got a clean sheet and we can pride ourselves on that. It will give us a foundation to build on."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Gilks
  • 3Robinson
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 20Cathcart
  • 17BashamBooked at 60mins
  • 15Dobbie
  • 11Ince
  • 18Osbourne
  • 10GrantSubstituted forBishopat 67'minutes
  • 19FullerSubstituted forChopraat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Tyson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 12Bishop
  • 8Chopra
  • 2Orr
  • 13Warner
  • 9Davies

Bolton

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Bogdan
  • 5Ream
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Mills
  • 21Pratley
  • 44Kamara
  • 18Danns
  • 26FeeneySubstituted forLeeat 74'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 10Beckford

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 12Knight
  • 11Hall
  • 31Wheater
  • 27Lee
  • 24Lonergan
  • 9Ngog
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
13,819

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Thomas Ince tries a through ball, but Kirk Broadfoot is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Chopra (Blackpool).

  6. Post update

    Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Ricardo Fuller.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

  9. Post update

    Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Darren Pratley with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie tries a through ball, but Neal Bishop is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Liam Feeney.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).