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:

Post-match: 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:

Post-match: Blackpool caretaker 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."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Bolton Wanderers

  • 01 Bogdan
  • 03 Hutton
  • 05 Ream
  • 06 Spearing
  • 12 Knight
  • 31 Wheater
  • 44 Kamara
  • 18 Danns
  • 26 Mason (Beckford - 68' )
  • 29 Jutkiewicz (Moritz - 82' )
  • 16 Davies (Lee Chung-yong - 61' )

Substitutes

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

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon
  • 03 Robinson
  • 40 Foley (Barkhuizen - 79' )
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 17 Basham
  • 04 Perkins
  • 19 Fuller (Keogh - 76' )
  • 39 Grandin (Earnshaw - 70' )
  • 14 Halliday

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

5 2

Corners

6 3

Fouls

10 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +3:04

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

90:00 +3:04

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

90:00 +2:50

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

88:38

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.

88:12

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

88:09

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

87:31

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.

85:23

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

84:23

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

82:23

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.

81:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

81:02

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

81:02

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

78:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Kevin Foley.

78:25

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

76:42

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.

76:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

75:48 Substitution

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

74:51

Delay in match Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) because of an injury.

73:46

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

72:56

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

72:56

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

71:59

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

71:59

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:30

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

70:50

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Anthony McMahon.

70:14

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Zat Knight.

69:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Robert Earnshaw replaces Elliot Grandin.

68:31

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Chung-Yong.

67:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jermaine Beckford replaces Joe Mason.

66:45

Attempt missed. Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Foley.

64:20

Dangerous play by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

64:20

David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:45

Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

63:10

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross.

60:56

Attempt missed. Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller following a set piece situation.

60:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Mark Davies.

59:35

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:35

Foul by Alan Hutton (Bolton Wanderers).

59:29

Attempt blocked. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliot Grandin.

57:56

Hand ball by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

56:31

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:31

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

55:48

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

54:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:36

Delay in match Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

53:32

Delay in match Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) because of an injury.

52:39

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

52:39

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:23

Attempt missed. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is high and wide to the right.

51:19

Attempt blocked. Alan Hutton (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Medo.

47:05

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross.

46:37

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by David Wheater.

46:35

Attempt blocked. Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller.

45:00

Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +1:11

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Hutton.

41:26

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

39:31

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:31

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

37:04

Hand ball by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers).

31:51

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:51

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

31:24

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

30:45

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by David Perkins.

29:28

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tim Ream.

27:01

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Basham.

26:14

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:14

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

24:19

Attempt missed. Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Foley.

23:09

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mark Davies.

21:06

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller following a fast break.

20:27

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

15:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Blackpool 0. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

14:42

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kevin Foley.

11:08

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Mason.

10:21

Hand ball by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

8:33

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

8:33

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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