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Blackpool 0-0 Bolton Wanderers

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watches on

Bolton remain second from bottom and without a win after they were held to a goalless draw by Lancashire rivals Blackpool.

Wanderers, who are enduring their worst league start for 50 years, hit the woodwork through Jermaine Beckford.

The former Everton and Leeds striker also forced Matt Gilks into an excellent save.

Ricardo Fuller had the home side's best chance when his cross-cum-shot was cleared off the line by Alex Baptiste.

Blackpool, who are enjoying their best start in 18 years, could have gone second with a win, but they found themselves under pressure for long periods.

Liam Feeney, signed on loan from Millwall, looked dangerous down the right and almost beat Gilks with a deflected cross.

After weathering the early storm, the home side had a goal disallowed for offside before Bobby Grant fired straight at Adam Bogdan.

Blackpool are now without a win in their last three but could count themselves lucky to take a point after the woodwork prevented Beckford from scoring and Tim Ream fired over from just six yards out for Bolton.

Paul Ince's side are just four points behind league leaders Burnley, while Bolton are one of only four sides in the entire Football League without a win so far.

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae: "It was a hard-fought encounter. We knew it wasn't going to be easy because Bolton have a rich squad of players - you look at their bench and there's top players there.

"I suppose the most pleasing thing for me and the manager is that we've got a clean sheet and we can pride ourselves on that. It will give us a foundation to build on."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 3Robinson
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 20Cathcart
  • 17BashamBooked at 60mins
  • 15Dobbie
  • 11Ince
  • 18Osbourne
  • 10GrantSubstituted forBishopat 67'minutes
  • 19FullerSubstituted forChopraat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Tyson
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 12Bishop
  • 8Chopra
  • 2Orr
  • 13Warner
  • 9Davies

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 5Ream
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Mills
  • 21Pratley
  • 44Kamara
  • 18Danns
  • 26FeeneySubstituted forLee Chung-yongat 74'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 10Beckford

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 12Knight
  • 11Hall
  • 31Wheater
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 24Lonergan
  • 9Ngog
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
13,819

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Offside, Blackpool. Thomas Ince tries a through ball, but Kirk Broadfoot is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

Foul by Michael Chopra (Blackpool).

Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Chopra replaces Ricardo Fuller.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

Lee Chung-Yong (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

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

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie tries a through ball, but Neal Bishop is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lee Chung-Yong replaces Liam Feeney.

Attempt missed. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

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

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Neal Bishop replaces Robert Grant.

Attempt missed. Robert Grant (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Grant.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

Booking

Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Blackpool. Stephen Dobbie tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Darren Pratley.

Robert Grant (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley107211323
2QPR9720823
3Leicester10721723
4Nottm Forest10541619
5Reading10541619
6Blackpool10541419
7Watford105321018
8Blackburn10433515
9Huddersfield10352414
10Ipswich10424314
11Leeds10424-114
12Brighton10343113
13Bournemouth10415-913
14Derby10334112
15Wigan8323311
16Millwall10325-811
17Birmingham10316-110
18Doncaster9234-39
19Middlesbrough10163-49
20Charlton9135-66
21Sheff Wed9054-65
22Yeovil10127-95
23Bolton10055-105
24Barnsley10127-145
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