Blackpool 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 22, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Goal difference is all that separates Bolton and the Championship relegation zone, after they came from behind to draw 1-1 at bottom club, Blackpool.

Wanderers enjoyed large spells of possession at Bloomfield Road, but were punished for their inability to finish chances when Jacob Murphy curled home a delightful free-kick with 15 minutes left to play.

Blackpool were looking for only a second league win of the campaign, but they were denied in the 82nd minute when Lee Chung-Yong, who had earlier struck a post, prodded the ball past Joe Lewis to claim a point for the visitors.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon made one change to the side that beat Wigan Athletic before the international break, with Darren Pratley taking the place of Mark Davies - who was ruled out for four months with a knee injury this week.

Despite finding themselves bottom of the Championship table, it was Blackpool who began the stronger. Nile Ranger and Chris Eagles were looking particularly lively up top, with the latter bringing Andy Lonergan into a low stop with the first attempt of the game.

Tim Ream was the first to try his luck for the visitors, bringing Lewis into a flying save with a right-footed strike, moments before Chung-Yong headed wide of the target after Liam Feeney had crossed the ball into the box.

The home side came close to breaking the deadlock on 19 minutes, as Jacob Mellis' 25-yard strike deflected up and on to the crossbar, before he was forced off the field with what appeared to be a hamstring injury just five minutes later.

After surviving a scare from Mellis' shot, it was soon Bolton's turn to be left frustrated by the woodwork. A passing move involving Neil Danns and Craig Davies resulted in the ball landing at the feet of Chung-Yong, whose first-time effort came back off the foot of the post before being cleared to safety.

Lewis got up to deny Max Clayton as the game entered the final 10 minutes of the half, before a major talking point arose when the Blackpool goalkeeper took out Davies on the edge of the box after a short back pass.

With the travelling supporters appealing for a red card, match referee Nigel Miller consulted his assistant before brandishing a yellow - which was perhaps the correct decision, as Davies was running away from goal.

The resulting free-kick from Ream came to nothing, which was soon followed by a long-range shot from Danns flashing narrowly wide.

Donervon Daniels had the final chance of the half, as Blackpool looked to take the lead against the run of play, but he failed to keep his shot down after turning well inside the Wanderers box - meaning the two sides went in goalless at the break.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Andrea Orlandi shooting straight at Lonergan as the hosts burst out of the starting blocks.

Bolton should have taken the lead in the 54th minute, as a short corner from Clayton was picked up by Danns. He chipped the ball to the far post, where an unmarked Davies could only succeed in glancing a header inches wide of Lewis' goal.

Lonergan was on-hand again on 65 minutes, this time to deny Jamie O'Hara, before a flurry of substitutions interrupted the flow of the game.

Murphy drilled a shot wide of the Bolton target at the midway point of the half, but he found the net with 15 minutes to go as Blackpool took full advantage of a free-kick awarded after substitute Jay Spearing had hauled back the forward.

25-yards from goal and a little left of centre, Murphy ran up and curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner of Lonergan's net to give the home side real hope of securing three vital points in their uphill fight against the drop.

Unfortunately for them, Bolton were level just seven minutes later as Chung-Yong received the ball inside the Seasiders box before firing low past Lewis to equalise for the Trotters.

Robert Hall replaced Clayton for the final moments and he had a chance to win it in the final minute of normal time, only to be denied a clear strike on goal by a flying challenge from Peter Clarke.

That would prove to be the final chance of the game, which resulted in a point apiece. Although Bolton will be disappointed to leave with a draw, they can also be relieved to have left the game with something after falling behind so late on.

Lennon's side return to home soil next weekend, when Huddersfield Town are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Blackpool: Lewis, Lenihan, Daniels, Clarke, Kennedy, Perkins, Eagles (Davies 72), Mellis (Orlandi 24), O'Hara, Murphy, Ranger (Miller 66)
Subs Not Used: Nosworthy, Delfouneso, Dunne, Parish
Booked: O'Hara, Lewis
Goals: Murphy 75

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Vela, Mills, Dervite, Ream, Danns, Pratley (Mason 67), Feeney (Spearing 59), Chung-Yong, Clayton (Hall 87), C Davies
Subs Not Used: McNaughton, Moxey, Kenny, Trotter
Booked: Spearing
Goals: Chung-Yong 82

Referee: Nigel Miller
Attendance: 12,181

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