Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks produced an impressive performance to help earn a goalless draw against Sheffield Wednesday that keeps both sides in relegation trouble.

Gilks pulled off fine saves from two early Jermaine Johnson efforts and Giles Coke was thwarted from 25 yards.

Kirk Broadfoot headed against the bar with Blackpool's best chance in the closing stages at Bloomfield Road.

The stalemate leaves Wednesday three points above the relegation zone.

Gilks, whose side are now four points above the bottom four, blocked Johnson's volley from a Steve Howard header after less than a minute before the striker saw another strike pushed wide by the Seasiders goalkeeper.

The home side's goalkeeper also denied Coke from distance to keep his team in the contest.

Blackpool's Tom Ince missed with a shot from just outside the area before Chris Kirkland pulled off a low save from Ludovic Sylvestre's long-range drive.

Kirkland was stretched again when he pushed a bending shot from Ince around the post before Broadfoot saw his header come back off the bar from an Ince corner.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince:

"We haven't got beat, it's another point and another building block before we face Brighton on Saturday.

"The fight to avoid relegation is madness. You'd hope it'd calm down a bit but it hasn't and it seems to be the teams below us who are picking up points against top teams.

"Anyone can beat anyone in this league, but since I've been playing football I've never seen a league as close as this. It'd be hard to take if anyone went down on 55 points."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones:

"The big man Steve Howard was superb, he's run himself into the ground on a pitch like that and he deserves all the credit.

"I asked him to do a job and he did exactly that. He won his headers, he ran his socks off and with Jermaine Johnson playing alongside him, we caused them problems.

"We will keep battling on, picking up points and we have another massive game on Saturday.

"We know we are not safe yet but we will be doing everything in our power to get out of trouble as soon as we possibly can."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 17 Basham Booked (Grandin - 78' )
  • 39 MacKenzie Booked
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 07 M Phillips (Taylor-Fletcher - 74' Booked )
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 11 Ince
  • 40 Delfouneso (Derbyshire - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 05 Eardley
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 10 Grandin
  • 31 Angel
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 38 Derbyshire

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 04 Gardner Booked
  • 32 Llera
  • 11 J Johnson Booked (Maguire - 68' Booked )
  • 15 Helan
  • 19 Pugh
  • 22 Holden (Lee - 60' )
  • 25 Prutton
  • 28 Coke
  • 29 Howard

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 05 Taylor
  • 14 Mattock
  • 16 McCabe
  • 20 Lee
  • 10 Maguire
  • 24 Lita
Ref: Wright
Att: 13,845

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

5 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:46 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:05

Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

90:00 +4:05 Booking

Booking The referee shows Chris Maguire a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:04

Chris Maguire challenges Tom Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +2:33

Chris Maguire takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a save. Miguel Llera decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:16

Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:16 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Delfouneso goes off and Matt Derbyshire comes on.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Kieran Lee on Tom Ince, free kick awarded.

89:39

Shot from just outside the area by Ludovic Sylvestre misses to the left of the target. Nathan Delfouneso is ruled offside. Chris Kirkland takes the indirect free kick.

88:36

The ball is crossed by Elliot Grandin, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

86:58

Centre by Kieran Lee, Gary MacKenzie manages to make a clearance.

85:31

David Prutton challenges Tom Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Elliot Grandin produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Chris Kirkland.

83:39

Effort from the edge of the area by Alex Baptiste goes wide of the left-hand upright.

82:18

Giles Coke concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Delfouneso. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Tom Ince, Chris Maguire makes a clearance.

80:34

Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

80:34 Booking

Booking The referee shows Gary Taylor-Fletcher a yellow card.

80:12 Booking

Booking Anthony Gardner goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

79:21

Gary Taylor-Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Gardner.

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Chris Basham leaves the field to be replaced by Elliot Grandin.

77:13

Effort from deep inside the area by Alex Baptiste misses to the right of the goal.

76:13

Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Miguel Llera results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stephen Crainey, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance. Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

75:46

Effort from the edge of the area by Chris Maguire goes wide of the right-hand upright.

72:54

Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

72:54 Substitution

Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher on for Matt Phillips.

72:54

The offside flag is raised against Chris Maguire.

72:03

Matt Phillips produces a cross.

68:42

Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.

68:42 Booking

Booking Chris Basham booked.

68:40

Chris Basham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giles Coke.

66:47

Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

66:47 Substitution

Substitution Chris Maguire comes on in place of Jermaine Johnson.

66:47

The referee blows for offside.

65:17

Foul by Jermaine Johnson on Ludovic Sylvestre, free kick awarded. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

63:07

Foul by Chris Basham on Jermaine Johnson, free kick awarded. Lewis Buxton takes the free kick.

61:14

Foul by Jermaine Johnson on Kirk Broadfoot, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

59:20

Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

59:20 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Holden goes off and Kieran Lee comes on.

59:20

The referee blows for offside.

56:53

Chris Basham has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

55:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Ince from the right by-line.

53:23

Shot comes in from Stuart Holden from the free kick.

53:23 Booking

Booking Gary MacKenzie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

53:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Prutton by Gary MacKenzie.

51:25

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Lewis Buxton.

50:50

Tom Ince takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by David Prutton.

49:38

Jermaine Johnson fouled by Kirk Broadfoot, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.

48:01

Matt Phillips has a volleyed shot. Clearance by Miguel Llera.

47:53

Chris Basham produces a cross, Stuart Holden makes a clearance.

47:05

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Ince from the left by-line, Kirk Broadfoot takes a shot.

46:31

The ball is swung over by Tom Ince, clearance by Miguel Llera.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:35 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:59

Miguel Llera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary MacKenzie. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

45:00 +0:20

Foul by Gary MacKenzie on Jermaine Johnson, free kick awarded. Lewis Buxton takes the free kick.

44:43

Gary MacKenzie fouled by Jermaine Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

42:53

Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Johnson. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

42:27

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey.

40:54

The ball is crossed by Stuart Holden.

40:47

Jermaine Johnson sends in a cross, clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

40:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lewis Buxton by Matt Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

37:24

Giles Coke crosses the ball.

37:14

A cross is delivered by Danny Pugh.

37:07

Lewis Buxton sends in a cross.

35:50 Booking

Booking Jermaine Johnson is cautioned.

34:29

Stephen Crainey challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Buxton takes the indirect free kick.

33:40

Ludovic Sylvestre has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

33:29

Matt Phillips delivers the ball, Jeremy Helan manages to make a clearance.

32:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Kirk Broadfoot. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

31:32

Foul by Miguel Llera on Matt Gilks, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

31:04

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line, save by Matt Gilks.

30:18

The official flags Nathan Delfouneso offside. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

28:21

Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre to the near post, clearance made by David Prutton.

27:42

Tom Ince takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland. Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre, David Prutton makes a clearance.

26:38

Tom Ince has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

25:39

Matt Phillips fouled by Jermaine Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

25:03

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stuart Holden, Gary MacKenzie manages to make a clearance.

24:22

Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Steve Howard results in a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

22:50

Ludovic Sylvestre takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland.

22:30

Stephen Crainey produces a cross, clearance made by Jeremy Helan.

22:07

Jermaine Johnson produces a cross, clearance by Kirk Broadfoot.

20:28

Ludovic Sylvestre challenges Danny Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

18:52

Tom Ince produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

18:26

The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Johnson. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

17:35

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

16:24

Effort by Matt Phillips from a long way out goes over the target.

15:04

Unfair challenge on Giles Coke by Barry Ferguson results in a free kick. Stuart Holden takes the direct free kick.

11:00

Chris Basham concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeremy Helan. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

9:27

Chris Basham takes a shot. Blocked by Giles Coke.

9:14

Matt Phillips crosses the ball, clearance by Stuart Holden.

7:03

Jeremy Helan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

6:08

Giles Coke takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Matt Gilks. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Stuart Holden, Tom Ince makes a clearance.

5:17

A cross is delivered by Lewis Buxton.

5:09

Stuart Holden crosses the ball, clearance by Barry Ferguson.

4:26

Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Gilks. Inswinging corner taken by Miguel Llera from the right by-line played to the near post, Nathan Delfouneso makes a clearance.

3:40

Shot by David Prutton. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.

2:52

The ball is sent over by Stuart Holden, Alex Baptiste gets a block in. Miguel Llera takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Nathan Delfouneso.

0:32

Steve Howard sends in a cross, Jermaine Johnson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Matt Gilks.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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