Championship
BoltonBolton Wanderers1BlackpoolBlackpool0
David Wheater

Bolton kept up their good run of form with victory over Blackpool thanks to David Wheater's first-half header.

Wheater headed home Jay Spearing's corner after 15 minutes, and it was enough to make it one defeat in eight matches for Dougie Freedman's side.

Bolton survived when Zat Knight headed against his own post, and Blackpool loan signing Robert Earnshaw could not rescue the visitors on his debut.

The Tangerines have now lost 11 of their last 12 matches away from home.

Andy Halliday, Elliot Grandin and Gary Mackenzie all had chances to level for Blackpool, before Bolton substitute Jermaine Beckford went close and the momentum shifted back to the home side.

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"I never felt we were in any relegation trouble and I also felt that we had enough to win games of football.

"We just need to play consistently at a level where we win games. In the last 11 games we've played very well but we just need to consistently pick up results.

"I've said to the lads that they've got to keep on playing. There's a lot to play for within the club."

Blackpool boss Barry Ferguson:

"Do I feel safe with us being nine points above the drop zone? No I do not feel that we are comfortable at all.

"It should have been 12 points above the drop zone because I thought we were the better team, but it's not.

"We'll just move on to Saturday and we'll be ready for QPR. But I still feel we are no way near safety yet."

Line-ups

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Hutton
  • 5Ream
  • 6Spearing
  • 12Knight
  • 31Wheater
  • 44Kamara
  • 18Danns
  • 26MasonSubstituted forBeckfordat 68'minutes
  • 29JutkiewiczSubstituted forMoritzat 82'minutes
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forLeeat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Beckford
  • 11Hall
  • 14Moritz
  • 17Trotter
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Lee
  • 43Kellett

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahon
  • 3Robinson
  • 40FoleySubstituted forBarkhuizenat 79'minutes
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 17Basham
  • 4Perkins
  • 19FullerSubstituted forKeoghat 76'minutes
  • 39GrandinSubstituted forEarnshawat 70'minutes
  • 14Halliday

Substitutes

  • 12Bishop
  • 15Haroun
  • 18Osbourne
  • 24Keogh
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 50Earnshaw
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
14,903

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by André Moritz with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zat Knight (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by André Moritz with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

  15. Post update

    Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Kevin Foley.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Keogh.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Earnshaw (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Halliday.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Keogh replaces Ricardo Fuller because of an injury.