Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Blackpool

  • October 04, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Sammy Ameobi scored his first Bolton goal, as Wanderers kept their Checkatrade Trophy ambitions alive with a 1-0 victory over Blackpool.

Having lost to Everton U23 on matchday one of the competition, Bolton knew anything but three points would leave them on the brink of elimination with one game still to play.

After four successive matches without a goal, the Trotters broke that duck with just four minutes played as Ameobi pounced on a knockdown from a corner to fire past a helpless Dean Lyness.

With competition rules stating a minimum of five players to have started the club's previous game must be selected, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson did exactly that - with Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Josh Vela, James Henry and Zach Clough retaining their places from the weekend defeat to Oxford United.

Ben Alnwick made his Wanderers debut in goal, as Mark Howard dropped to the bench, while Derik Osede was also handed a start for the first time since the opening week of the season.

With action underway, it was Blackpool who created the first chance of the evening as Brad Potts fired just wide of Alnwick's far post as he got on the end of a cross from Mark Cullen.

Bolton, without a goal since their 1-1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons on September 10, finally got themselves on the scoresheet with just four minutes played, as a knockdown from a corner fell into the path of Ameobi, who smashed the ball high into the roof of Lyness' net.

The visitors should have been level on 12 minutes, but failed to take advantage of a rare mistake from David Wheater. His poor defensive clearance fell straight at the feet of an unmarked Danny Philliskirk but, with the goal at his mercy, he failed to find the target.

Wheater almost made amends for his momentary lapse on the half-hour, heading inches wide from a James Henry corner, moments before Clough saw a goalbound effort cleared off the line as the hosts looked to make their lead more comfortable.

The Seasiders were desperate to get on level terms as the half to draw to a close, but last-ditch challenges from Wheater and Taylor kept them at bay, before Osede was in the right place to clear off the line after Jamille Matt had beaten Alnwick in the air.

There were two changes to the Blackpool side as the players emerged for the start of the second period, with Mark Yeates and Bright Osayi-Samuel on in place of Philliskirk and Potts. Wanderers, meanwhile, were unchanged.

Bolton began the second-half on top and came close to doubling their advantage within 90 seconds of the restart, as Jamie Proctor fired wide as he latched on to a loose ball from a free-kick.

Blackpool were awarded a corner when a Osayi-Samuel strike deflected behind on 56 minutes, from which Vela was alert to the danger as he cleared a header from Matt off the line.

It was the home side who were left frustrated from the next attack, with Clough left wondering just how he had failed to find the net. After being played clean through on goal, Clough clipped the ball over an onrushing Lyness, only to see the ball clip the inside of the post and roll along the line, before being cleared to safety.

Clough's evening came to an end on 69 minutes, with Gary Madine coming on to replace him, and the Wanderers substitute was denied an immediate goal by an outstanding save from Lyness, who got fingertips to his powerful effort after a superb cross from Ameobi.

A teasing free-kick from Henry almost curled into the far corner with 15 minutes to play, but Lyness once again kept his focus to turn the ball behind, as Blackpool looked to avoid defeat to their League One opposition.

Michael Cain shot straight at Alnwick as the visitors looked to force a penalty shoot-out, before Osede got height and distance on a clearance as the Seasiders were denied an almost-certain last-minute equaliser.

Victory for Bolton, their first in nine outings, gets them back on the right track ahead of the weekend trip to Swindon Town, and keeps them in the Checkatrade Trophy ahead of the final round of group matches.

Parkinson's side close out their ties at Cheltenham Town on November 8.

Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, A Taylor, Wheater, Thorpe, Wilson, Osede, Vela (Spearing 89), Henry, Ameobi, Clough (Madine 69), Proctor (Samizadeh 82)
Subs Not Used: Howard, Dervite, Beevers, Trotter
Booked: Vela
Goals: Ameobi 4

Blackpool: Lyness, Higham, Aimson, Nolan, Daniel, Potts (Osayi-Samuel 46), McAlister, Cain, Philliskirk (Yeates 46), Cullen (Vassell 81), Matt
Subs Not Used: Boney, Payne, Gnanduillet

Referee: Kevin Friend
Attendance: 1,589

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