Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Blackpool

  • April 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Eidur Gudjohnsen came off the bench to score with the final touch of the match, as a below-par Bolton drew 1-1 with Blackpool at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers had trailed to an opener from Michael Jacobs, who volleyed past Ben Amos at his near post with nine minutes on the clock, but the hosts denied the Seasiders a first away win of the season when Gudjohnsen headed home from on the goal line with seconds remaining.

Barry Bannan had struck a post with the goal at his mercy, with Neil Lennon's side trailing 1-0 at the time, while Blackpool spurned a glorious opportunity to seal all three points in the final minute of the regulation 90 when Jose Cubero fired over when it looked easier to score.

Lennon made two changes to the team that started the 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic prior to the international break, with Josh Vela and Neil Danns taking the places of Liam Trotter and Emile Heskey, who were both named amongst the substitutes.

Bolton were backed as heavy favourites to pick up a routine win on their own patch, but it was Blackpool who fired the early warning signs and, after two early efforts, they took the lead with nine minutes played as Jacobs raced on to a long-ball from the back before volleying expertly past Amos at his near post.

Amos had to be at his very best to deny the visitors a second moments later, as he tipped a goalbound header over the crossbar, while frustrations from the stands transformed on to the pitch as Liam Feeney was booked for kicking the ball away at the concession of a free-kick.

Adam Le Fondre brought Joe Lewis into action for the first time on the quarter-hour, as the Blackpool goalkeeper stood tall to push away a shot on goal, before a deflected shot from Cubero flashed agonisingly wide of Amos' left-hand post at the other end.

Feeney, Bannan and Paddy McCarthy all came close to finding a way through as the game approached the half-hour, but were all ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts at goal, before an otherwise ineffective Rochinha was inches away from making the necessary contact that would have diverted Tom Walker's low cross in for an equaliser.

Jamie O'Hara whipped a free-kick just wide in the final minute of the half, as Blackpool took their 1-0 lead into the interval.

Unimpressed by what he had seen inside the opening 45 minutes, Lennon made one change to his Bolton side as the start of the second period - with Heskey coming on to replace Rochinha.

Unlike their start to the game, Wanderers began brightly after the restart as McCarthy and Le Fondre both found the target without managing to find a way past Lewis.

Peter Clarke fired over at the other end shortly thereafter, while Walker and then Le Fondre were both denied by the outstanding Lewis, who made a smart double stop to deny the pair.

Le Fondre dragged a cross-cum-shot just wide of the far post as the clocked ticked towards the hour, before Bannan was guilty of perhaps securing the miss of the season award as he clipped the outside of the post with the goal at his mercy from a Le Fondre cutback.

Craig Davies was introduced midway through the half, as Lennon looked to add some extra steel to his attacking force. His first action was to curl a shot narrowly wide of goal, before he turned provider as Feeney's deflected strike flew kindly into the hands of Lewis.

Bolton thought they had equalised in the final minute of normal time, only for the assistant referee to rule Matt Mills' goalbound strike hadn't crossed the line, moments before a breakaway ended with Cubero firing high over the crossbar and into the Blackpool supporters as he attempted to wrap up the victory.

Four minutes of time was added by the fourth official standing on the sidelines and, having been the subject of many a late goal in recent weeks, fortune favoured Bolton on this occasion as they pulled level with the final action of the match.

Bannan's left-wing cross looped up and over the head of Lewis, only to come back off the inside of the post. Heskey headed the ball into the path of Davies, whose sliced volley fell kindly for Gudjohnsen to bundle home from less than a yard out.

Wanderers supporters breathed a collective sigh of relief, whilst, on the pitch, Blackpool players remonstrated with the officials by claiming Gudjohnsen had been standing in an offside position. Nevertheless, the goal was allowed to stand and the visitors were denied a first win on the road since April 26, 2014, as they edge closer to relegation into League One.

Bolton return to action on Easter Monday, when they face Cardiff City in the Welsh capital.

Bolton Wanderers: Amos, Vela, Mills, McCarthy, Ream, Danns, Bannan, Feeney (Gudjohnsen 77), Rochinha (Heskey 46), Walker (C Davies 68), Le Fondre
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Moxey, Dervite, Trotter
Booked: Feeney, Vela
Goals: Gudjohnsen 90+5

Blackpool: Lewis, Hall, Clarke, O'Dea, Dunne, Cubero, O'Hara, Perkins, Orlandi (Barkhuizen 85), Madine, Jacobs
Subs Not Used: Delfouneso, Oliver, Parish, Ferguson, Telford, Samuel
Booked: Clarke, Madine, Lewis
Goals: Jacobs 9

Referee: David Coote
Attendance: 17,076

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15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
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