Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Blackpool

  • March 25, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton won for the first time in four games on Tuesday night, as they beat Blackpool 1-0 at the Reebok Stadium.

David Wheater scored the only goal of the game, as he headed home a corner in the 16th minute, to give Dougie Freedman's side all three points in the Lancashire derby.

The closest Blackpool came was when Zat Knight headed against his own post late in the first half, but Wanderers were comfortable at the back as they restricted the visitors to just one shot on target all evening.

Wanderers made one change to the side that drew at Yeovil Town at the weekend, with Wheater taking the place of the suspended Alex Baptiste - who missed out against his former club.

Bolton were doing all the early running on a cold evening at the Reebok, with Lukas Jutkiewicz and Joe Mason causing a threat to the Seasiders' defence. Both forwards had early attempts at goal, with the former seeing the better opportunity fly over the crossbar.

With 16 minutes on the clock, the game suddenly burst into life as the hosts went in front. An outswinging corner from Jay Spearing landed right on the head of Wheater, who directed the ball back across goal and into the bottom corner of Matthew Gilks' net.

Blackpool responded well and had a number of chances to draw level, but Andy Halliday, Ricardo Fuller and Elliot Grandin all spurned their opportunities.

Tony McMahon was within a whisker of pulling the visitors level on the half-hour, but his strike from just outside the box flashed inches wide of Adam Bogdan's right-hand post - with the goalkeeper at full stretch.

They almost equalised six minutes before the break, albeit through a Wanderers man. Fuller was causing havoc in the Bolton defence and with no shout from his goalkeeper, an off-balance Knight was forced into heading the ball against his own post. Fortunately for Wanderers, they managed to clear the loose ball and take their one-goal advantage into the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half and it was the visitors who had the first shot, with Grandin seeing his attempt deflect up and over the crossbar after he had been teed up by Fuller.

Medo Kamara shot high into the stands at the other end, before Knight was alert to block a goalbound strike from Halliday on the hour.

McMahon and Grandin both fired wide as Blackpool continued to be wasteful on the attack, before substitute Jermaine Beckford prodded an attempt wide of goal for Wanderers as the game entered the final 20 minutes.

Neil Danns brought a good save out of Gilks, as he looked to net against his former club, while Beckford should have done better as he headed straight at the visiting goalkeeper with a free header from eight yards.

Halliday shot over the bar for Blackpool inside the final 10 minutes, before Knight headed straight at Gilks at the other end.

Bolton continued to push forward and should have sealed the victory when Beckford robbed possession from McMahon with five minutes to go, but the former Leeds United forward couldn't get his shot on target from an acute angle.

Andre Moritz and Danns both came close to doubling the lead in the closing stages, but Wheater's first-half goal proved to be enough to guarantee victory for Bolton - who remain unbeaten at home to Blackpool since 1986.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday, when they take part in another Lancashire derby. This time, Wigan Athletic are the visitors to the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Hutton, Knight, Wheater, Ream, Spearing, Kamara, M Davies (Chung-Yong 61), Danns, Jutkiewicz (Moritz 82), Mason (Beckford 68)
Subs Not Used: Hall, Trotter, Lonergan, Kellett
Goals: Wheater 16

Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Cathcart, MacKenzie, Robinson, Perkins, Foley (Barkhuizen 79), Basham, Grandin (Earnshaw 70), Halliday, Fuller (Keogh 76)
Subs Not Used: Bishop, Haroun, Osbourne, Goodwillie

Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 14,903

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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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