Blackpool 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 10, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's defensive frailties continued to haunt them as they twice led at Blackpool, before being pegged back to a 2-2 draw.

Mark Davies gave Wanderers the lead after 16 minutes at Bloomfield Road, but Tom Ince levelled for Michael Appleton's side just three minutes later, shooting beyond Adam Bogdan.

Lee Chung-Yong came off the bench to restore Bolton's lead with less than 20 minutes to go, but the visitors failed to hold on to their lead once again, as Seasiders substitute Nathan Delfouneso slammed the ball past Bogdan inside the final ten minutes.

Both sides had chances to win the game in the closing stages, but neither could find a way through as the game ended all square.

Dougie Freedman made three changes to the side that drew with Leicester City on Tuesday night, with Jay Spearing, Martin Petrov and David Ngog all handed starting roles, at the expense of Darren Pratley, Chung-Yong and Kevin Davies. Zat Knight was handed the captain's armband.

After a stunning Remembrance Sunday tribute, the action got underway and the first chance of the game fell the way of the hosts, as Ince saw a shot blocked with 7 minutes on the clock.

Blackpool continued to push men forward and Elliot Grandin was next to try his luck, but he shot over the top of Bogdan's crossbar after doing well to control a looping cross.

The hosts were having all the early chances and Bogdan was alert again two minutes later, this time to deny Ludovic Sylvestre, who had struck a thunderbolt of a shot from distance.

Bolton's first real attack of the game arrived on 16 minutes and, unlike the Seasiders, they took the opportunity when it arrived, as Mark Davies struck his third goal of the season.

A smart ball from Martin Petrov failed to pick out the run of Chris Eagles, but Davies was alert to the danger, picked up possession and raced through on goal, before slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Matt Gilks' goal.

All the noise was coming from the 2,000 strong travelling Wanderers supporters, but they were silenced less than two minutes later as Ince took aim from distance and found the top corner of Bogdan's net to bring the scores level.

Bogdan did well to deny Sylvestre moments later, before Bolton broke up the other end and would surely have retaken the lead, had Eagles' control not let him down when presented with a one-on-one with Gilks.

Both sides continued to make chances, with Sylvestre once again testing Bogdan in the Wanderers goal just after the half hour, before Petrov cut inside from the left flank to bring a save out of Gilks, at the other end.

The final ten minutes of the opening period passed by without incident, as the two sides went in level at the interval.

Blackpool were the only side to make a change at the start of the second half, with Nathan Delfouneso replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

The first chance of the second period came the way of the visitors, with a free-kick from Eagles flying straight into the hands of the waiting Gilks after 50 minutes.

Two minutes later, one-time Wanderers midfielder Chris Basham picked up possession in the middle of the field and evaded the challenges of Keith Andrews and Jay Spearing, before firing over the top of the crossbar.

Just before the hour, Freedman made his first change of the game, opting to replace Petrov with Chung-Yong. The South Korea international almost made an instant impact by playing in Ngog, who saw his shot blocked by the legs of Stephen Crainey.

Basham came close to netting against his former club moments later, but he headed the ball straight at Bogdan after doing well to connect with a corner.

The Seasiders continued to press forward and almost went in front at the midway stage of the half, with Crainey afforded too much space on the edge of the box, before shooting inches wide of the target with Bogdan beaten.

Blackpool were made to pay for their inability to turn chances into goals, as Bolton took the lead for the second time with just less than 20 minutes left on the clock.

Eagles latched on to a superb ball down the right flank, from Mark Davies, and he spotted the run of Chung-Yong, who managed to get the better of his marker to slide in and tap the ball past Gilks from close range.

Just as they did in the first half, Blackpool didn't take too long to pull themselves level. The Wanderers defence failed to deal with a free-kick and Kevin Phillips, who had just come on as a substitute, played the ball to Delfouneso, who bundled the ball past Bogdan from close range.

With the game entering the final five minutes, Phillips dispossessed Sam Ricketts and almost succeeded in chipping the ball over Bogdan from 30 yards, but the Trotters goalkeeper did well to backtrack and tip the ball over the top of his crossbar.

Bolton pushed men forward in three added minutes, but Darren Pratley, Mark Davies and Kevin Davies all saw attempts blocked by a determined Blackpool defence, as the game ultimately ended in a 2-2 draw.

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Baptiste, Crainey, Grandin (K Phillips 80), Basham, Sylvestre, M Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher (Delfouneso 46), Ince
Subs Not Used: Halstead, Evatt, Angel, Harris, Dicko
Goals: Ince 19, Delfouneso 81

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ricketts, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Andrews, Spearing, Eagles (Pratley 79), M Davies, Petrov (Chung-Yong 58), Ngog (K Davies 88)
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Ream, Afobe, Butterfield
Goals: M Davies 16, Chung-Yong 71

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 15,525

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