Chris Wood missed a second-half penalty for Leicester as Paul Ince's first home game in charge of Blackpool ended in a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road.

Wood, who has netted 19 times this season, hit the bar after Foxes debutant Harry Kane was fouled by Neil Eardley.

Blackpool went close through Thomas Ince and Eardley before Wood spurned another chance for the visitors.

The New Zealand striker missed from six yards after good work by Lloyd Dyer.

Ince has yet to see his new side score since taking charge last week.

Ince's Blackpool challenge

Despite a battling performance, Blackpool are just six points above the relegation zone and without a win - or a goal - in their last three games

But the former Blackburn Rovers manager will be optimistic about his new team's chances after his side secured a hard-earned point against a team chasing promotion.

Leicester started strongly with Kane, on loan with the Foxes from Tottenham, unleashing a venomous volley that keeper Matt Gilks did well to palm away.

Blackpool responded through a long-range attempt from Ince, the 21-year-old son of the new Blackpool manager, while Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel was also alert to deny Eardley.

Then, almost out of nothing, the visitors earned a spot-kick five minutes into the second half when Kane was knocked over unnecessarily by Eardley.

Wood stepped up to take the penalty and opted for power, thumping the ball against the woodwork and away to safety.

Dyer then gave Wood an excellent chance to redeem himself.

But the former West Brom forward once more went for power rather than placement as he smashed the ball wide from close range.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince:

"We do need a few players in just to freshen things up. The players have been fantastic since I got here but it's been a difficult couple of months for them.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved a point - it was our first clean sheet for ages. It is a start.

"I think results can be deceiving. Even though we didn't get the win, we enjoyed the game."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"I was very pleased with how we went about it. I thought we were very solid at the back.

"At the moment we're just not able to convert enough of our chances.

"But I think as long as we apply ourselves in the right way we'll come through that because I've got a lot of faith in my players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 05 Eardley
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 17 Basham
  • 20 Cathcart Booked
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 07 M Phillips Booked (Derbyshire - 80' )
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Delfouneso - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 04 Wabara
  • 10 Grandin
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 31 Angel
  • 38 Derbyshire
  • 40 Delfouneso

Leicester City

  • 01 Schmeichel
  • 02 De Laet
  • 03 Konchesky
  • 05 Morgan
  • 15 M Keane
  • 04 Drinkwater
  • 07 Marshall (Knockaert - 73' )
  • 10 King Booked
  • 35 Nugent (Dyer - 61' )
  • 37 Kane (Vardy - 79' )
  • 39 Wood

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan
  • 06 Whitbread
  • 11 Dyer
  • 17 Gallagher
  • 19 Wellens
  • 24 Knockaert
  • 09 Vardy
Ref: Hooper
Att: 14,509

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

6 2

Corners

2 6

Fouls

10 16

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +4:02

Tom Ince has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

90:00 +3:56

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Wes Morgan manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:03

Jamie Vardy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

88:58

The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky, blocked by Neal Eardley.

87:49

Anthony Knockaert sends in a cross, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

86:16

The official flags Nathan Delfouneso offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the indirect free kick.

84:20

Centre by Neal Eardley, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

83:43

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Michael Keane manages to make a clearance.

82:24

Anthony Knockaert takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

81:39

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Vardy. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

80:32

The offside flag is raised against Chris Wood. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

79:44

Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

79:44 Substitution

Substitution Matt Derbyshire on for Matt Phillips.

79:44

Unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Anthony Knockaert results in a free kick.

78:50

Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Vardy is brought on as a substitute for Harry Kane.

78:50

Matt Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lloyd Dyer.

78:24

Harry Kane is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

77:38

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Lloyd Dyer manages to make a clearance.

76:52

Corner taken by Anthony Knockaert from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Chris Basham by Wes Morgan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

76:32

Chris Wood takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

76:01

Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

76:01 Booking

Booking Booking for Matt Phillips for unsporting behaviour.

75:48

Unfair challenge on Andy King by Matt Phillips results in a free kick.

74:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Drinkwater on Tom Ince. Stephen Crainey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

73:00 Substitution

Substitution Ben Marshall leaves the field to be replaced by Anthony Knockaert.

72:28

The ball is swung over by Ben Marshall, Chris Basham manages to make a clearance.

71:54

Barry Ferguson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.

71:05

Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

71:05 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Delfouneso on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

71:05

The referee blows for offside against Harry Kane.

69:36

Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy King. Direct free kick taken by Danny Drinkwater.

68:12

Chris Basham fouled by Lloyd Dyer, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.

66:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Chris Wood. Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.

65:27

The ball is swung over by Harry Kane, Chris Wood produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

63:42

Foul by Barry Ferguson on Andy King, free kick awarded. Centre by Ben Marshall, Header from close range by Wes Morgan misses to the right of the target.

61:50

Centre by Neal Eardley, Headed effort from inside the area by Gary Taylor-Fletcher misses to the left of the target.

60:25

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neal Eardley from left wing.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Dyer is brought on as a substitute for David Nugent.

60:25

Matt Phillips fouled by Wes Morgan, the ref awards a free kick.

58:00

Neal Eardley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Kane. Direct free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.

57:31

Tom Ince takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

56:12

Shot from 25 yards by Tom Ince. Michael Keane gets a block in.

54:45

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

54:05

Free kick crossed left-footed by Tom Ince, Michael Keane makes a clearance.

54:05 Booking

Booking Andy King shown a yellow card.

53:58

Foul by Andy King on Tom Ince, free kick awarded.

52:25

Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.

52:25 Booking

Booking Craig Cathcart booked for unsporting behaviour.

51:42

Craig Cathcart challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick.

51:03

Foul by Harry Kane on Alex Baptiste, free kick awarded. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

48:19 Penalty

Penalty taken by Chris Wood and missed.

48:19

Unfair challenge on Harry Kane by Neal Eardley results in a Penalty.

47:03

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tom Ince, Close range header by Chris Basham goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46:48

Tom Ince takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

46:23

Matt Phillips is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Wes Morgan.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:34

A cross is delivered by Ben Marshall, Matt Gilks makes a save.

44:45

Tom Ince is adjudged to have handled the ball. Paul Konchesky restarts play with the free kick.

43:18

Harry Kane fouled by Barry Ferguson, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Marshall produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

42:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kirk Broadfoot by Wes Morgan. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

41:38

The referee penalises Stephen Crainey for handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Marshall, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

40:44

Shot from outside the area by Tom Ince misses to the left of the goal.

39:55

Andy King gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

39:10

Corner taken by Tom Ince, clearance by Chris Wood.

38:55

Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.

38:26

Shot by Tom Ince. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

37:31

Ben Marshall produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

37:17

Floated corner taken by Ben Marshall, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

36:43

Floated corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

35:33

Stephen Crainey produces a cross, clearance by Paul Konchesky.

34:32

Neal Eardley delivers the ball, save made by Kasper Schmeichel.

32:04

Harry Kane takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Matt Gilks.

30:29

Ben Marshall produces a cross, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

30:14

The ball is swung over by David Nugent, clearance by Craig Cathcart.

28:51

The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot. Comfortable save by Kasper Schmeichel.

28:04

Paul Konchesky concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Eardley. Tom Ince takes the free kick.

27:08

Danny Drinkwater concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Ince. Direct free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

26:27

Matt Phillips produces a cross, Michael Keane makes a clearance.

25:38

Foul by Ben Marshall on Tom Ince, free kick awarded. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

24:29

The referee blows for offside against Barry Ferguson. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.

22:32

The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, save by Kasper Schmeichel.

21:19

Ben Marshall crosses the ball, save made by Matt Gilks.

19:10

Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Marshall. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Marshall from left channel, clearance made by Chris Basham.

18:37

Paul Konchesky produces a cross, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.

15:36

Tom Ince has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

12:22

Danny Drinkwater challenges Tom Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

10:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Morgan on Chris Basham. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

9:33

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall from the left by-line, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.

8:57

Unfair challenge on Danny Drinkwater by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Drinkwater.

8:15

The official flags Gary Taylor-Fletcher offside. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.

7:30

Chris Wood concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Baptiste. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neal Eardley, Wes Morgan makes a clearance.

3:54

The ball is crossed by Alex Baptiste, clearance by Wes Morgan.

2:38

The ball is swung over by Ritchie De Laet, clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

2:00

Ben Marshall takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Gary Taylor-Fletcher manages to make a clearance.

1:46

David Nugent crosses the ball, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.

1:05

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Marshall played to the near post, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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