Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Blackpool

  • October 07, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton made it three home league games unbeaten as they played out a goalless draw with Blackpool at the University of Bolton Stadium.

After back-to-back draws with Oxford United and Sunderland on their own turf, Wanderers picked up another point against top-half opposition in front of the watching Sky Sports television cameras.

It was the visitors who came closest to taking all three points, however, with former Trotters winger Liam Feeney striking the crossbar on 18 minutes after a low cross from Callum Guy had caused panic in the home defence.

Keith Hill made two changes to the Bolton side that started in last Tuesday's Trophy tie at Rochdale, as Daryl Murphy and Jack Hobbs returned at the expense of Sonny Graham and Will Buckley.

Hobbs' inclusion allowed Jason Lowe to step into the midfield, while new signing Joe Dodoo was amongst the substitutes.

Bolton enjoyed the better of the early play without seriously threatening in the final third, although they did make the first opportunity of the evening when Hobbs' header from an Ali Crawford corner was well gathered by Blackpool goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

Pool immediately broke straight up the other end and came close to breaking the deadlock themselves, with a low cross from Guy evading the Wanderers defence and goalkeeper, but Feeney couldn't squeeze the ball in from a narrow angle - his shot coming back off the bar.

Dennis Politic and Armand Gnanduillet fired straight at opposition goalkeepers at either end in the moments that followed, before the hosts were forced into a change with Bridcutt unable to continue having seemingly received treatment on his collarbone.

Crawford brought Alnwick into action with a 30-yard free-kick that had the Blackpool goalkeeper at full-stretch, and that proved to be the final action of note in what was a fairly tame opening 45 minutes.

There were no changes in personnel as the sides returned for the second period, which began with James Husband rolling a shot straight into the arms of Remi Matthews.

Politic saw an effort deflect behind at the other end, with what would prove to be his final act of the evening as he made way for a debuting Dodoo.

Dodoo spent last season on loan at Bloomfield Road and almost netted against his former club on the hour, with his header from a Thibaud Verlinden cross bouncing narrowly wide of the target.

He came even closer midway through the half, flashing a shot across the face of goal and inches wide of Alnwick's far post.

Jay Spearing and Gnanduillet were both off-target as the clock entered the final 20 minutes, before Murphy was denied by a last ditch challenge from Curtis Tilt just as he looked set to poke Wanderers ahead.

Bolton had to endure a number of set-pieces in the latter stages but defended resolutely as they held one of this season's early promotion candidates to a stalemate that could really have gone either way.

Due to international call-ups, Wanderers' trip to Burton Albion on Saturday was postponed, meaning Hill's side return to action on October 19 with a clash against Rochdale - their third meeting of the campaign already.

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Chicksen, Zouma, Hobbs, Emmanuel, Bridcutt (Graham 35), Lowe, Crawford, Verlinden, Politic (Dodoo 55), D Murphy
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Darcy, Boon, Senior, King-Harmes
Booked: Verlinden

Blackpool: Alnwick, Turton, Heneghan, Tilt, Husband, Virtue-Thick, Spearing, Guy, Feeney, Gnanduillet, Scannell (Hardie 67)
Subs Not Used: Mafoumbi, Bushiri, Edwards, Nottingham, MacDonald, Bange
Booked: Heneghan

Referee: John Busby
Attendance: 14,003

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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 34 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone