BoltonBolton Wanderers1BlackpoolBlackpool1

Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Blackpool

Eidur Gudjohnsen
Gudjohnsen scored for Iceland in the 3-0 win over Kazakhstan last Saturday and has scored five goals since rejoining Bolton

Eidur Gudjohnsen scored an injury-time equaliser as Bolton denied bottom-of-the-table Blackpool a first away win of a miserable Championship season.

Gudjohnsen turned the ball in from a yard in the sixth of six added minutes following Barry Bannan's cross.

Blackpool had looked set for just their fifth league victory this term thanks to an early Michael Jacobs strike.

But Bolton dominated from 25 minutes onwards and wasted a series of good chances before Gudjohnsen's leveller.

The former Chelsea and Barcelona striker's goal means the Trotters move 10 points clear of the bottom three and further eases any relegation fears.

But although Blackpool are still not yet down, they are 16 points off safety with six games to go and realistically needed more than a draw.

A win would have at least given some minor comfort to their supporters after a torturous season on and off the pitch.

Seasiders suffer travel sickness
Blackpool's four previous Championship wins this season all came at home and all finished 1-0. The Tangerines beat Cardiff and Birmingham last year and then had back-to-back wins over Millwall and Brighton in January.

They certainly deserved their ninth-minute lead after a bright start.

Jamie O'Hara had two strikes on goal and Gary Madine also sent an effort just over the bar before on-loan Wolves winger Jacobs raced on to O'Hara's through-ball to smash in the opener.

Jacobs, Peter Clarke and Andrea Orlandi could easily have added to the lead before Bolton finally started to threaten.

Trotters defender Tim Ream wasted a good chance and the dangerous Adam Le Fondre teed up an opportunity for Liam Feeney, whose shot was well saved by Joe Lewis.

And the Tangerines goalkeeper then made a stunning reaction save from Paddy McCarthy, who failed to make a proper connection with a close-range header.

Bolton, with veteran former England striker Emile Heskey leading the line, began to seize control after the break.

Heskey's presence and ability to bring others into play allowed the hosts the platform to dominate possession and they poured forward.

A 25-yard strike by Thomas Walker tested Lewis, Heskey almost converted a teasing cross and Bannan hit the post from six yards.

A rare Blackpool attack saw home keeper Ben Amos fail to collect a free-kick and Clarke volley the ball wildly over from close range.

But Bolton were still dominating and ruined Blackpool's day when Gudjohnsen netted as the visitors appealed in vain for offside.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:

"We're disappointed, we're frustrated.

"I'm really pleased with the level of performance of the players but we want wins on the board, just to get some confidence levels back to where they should be.

"It's a strange one because we've played so well and we've got a draw, which you'd normally take away from home, but it feels like a defeat because of the late, late goal."

Michael Jacobs
Jacobs joined Blackpool on loan from Wolves in mid-March and his first-half goal was his first in a total of 16 appearances this season



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Amos
  • 25VelaBooked at 77mins
  • 4Mills
  • 54McCarthy
  • 5Ream
  • 18Danns
  • 29Bannan
  • 7FeeneyBooked at 15minsSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 77'minutes
  • 20Costa RochaSubstituted forHeskeyat 45'minutes
  • 52WalkerSubstituted forDaviesat 68'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre


  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 14Dervite
  • 17Trotter
  • 19Heskey
  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 28Davies


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1LewisBooked at 90mins
  • 32Hall
  • 6ClarkeBooked at 65mins
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 31O'Hara
  • 4Perkins
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 85'minutes
  • 24MadineBooked at 89mins
  • 12Jacobs


  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 21Parish
  • 25Ferguson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 34Telford
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
David Coote

Match Stats

Home TeamBoltonAway TeamBlackpool
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 1.

  3. Booking

    Joe Lewis (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 1. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Danns.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emile Heskey.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Jacobs (Blackpool).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Jacobs following a fast break.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eidur Gudjohnsen (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paddy McCarthy (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

  13. Booking

    Gary Madine (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Gary Madine (Blackpool) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers).

  16. Post update

    Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Gary Madine (Blackpool).

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Andrea Orlandi.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

As It Stood

9Nottm Forest401512136356757
12Sheff Wed401315123741-454
View full Championship table

Top Stories