Blackpool 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 25, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered the ultimate heartbreak as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall struck in the final minute to give Blackpool victory at Bloomfield Road.

Trailing to a 13th-minute opener from Connor Ronan, Wanderers thought they had salvaged a point two minutes from time when Kean Bryan advanced to volley home a cross from substitute Joe Dodoo.

However, parity was restored for exactly 100 seconds, as a corner from former Trotters midfielder Liam Feeney was brought down by Dewsbury-Hall, who turned and smashed into the roof of Remi Matthews' net to spark wild scenes amongst the home support.

Saturday's defeat at Milton Keynes Dons brought confirmation that Wanderers had made the worst start to a calendar year in their history, prompting manager Keith Hill into making three changes to the side beaten at Stadium MK.

Brandon Fleming, Jacob Mellis and Daryl Murphy all dropped to the substitutes' bench, allowing for the returns of Joe Bunney, Bryan and Chris O'Grady. Ali Crawford was a surprise inclusion from the start, while Jason Lowe took the captain's armband.

After a slow start to events on the Fylde coast, the game suddenly burst into life on nine minutes as Seasiders forward Nathan Delfouneso went to ground inside the box under a challenge from Toto Nsiala. The hosts appealed for a penalty, but the claims were ignored by referee Paul Marsden.

Blackpool were back on the attack four minutes later and found the net with their first attempt on target, with Ronan picking out the top corner of Matthews' net from 30 yards to make it 1-0.

Ronan had the opportunity to add to his goal tally with 20 minutes played, only to blast a free-kick into the Wanderers wall after Bryan had fouled Gary Madine.

Bryan was then involved at the other end, heading wide from a Crawford corner, before Dennis Politic dragged an effort wide following fine build-up play from O'Grady.

Matthew Virtue volleyed just over at the midway stage of the half, while further strikes from Calum MacDonald and Dewsbury-Hall both failed to seriously test Matthews.

Ethan Hamilton drilled over from distance as the half began to draw to a close and despite having the ball in the net two minutes before the interval, Wanderers had a goal ruled out after Politic was adjudged to have fouled Taylor Moore.

With the players back on the field for the start of the second period, there was one notable change to the Bolton team as Daryl Murphy was brought on in place of O'Grady.

Virtue saw a rising shot tipped over by Matthews inside the opening two minutes of the half, shortly before Politic volleyed over at the other end after taking a pass from Crawford down on his chest.

A second Wanderers substitution was to follow moments later as former Tangerine Dodoo was introduced at the expense of Bunney and the visitors should have been level within seconds of play resuming.

A cross from Politic fell kindly into the path of Daryl Murphy six yards from goal, but his downward header was straight into the body of Chris Maxwell who made a comfortable save to keep the score at 1-0.

Hamilton shot over just before the hour, with Politic being denied by Maxwell seconds later, while Dewsbury-Hall failed to find a way past Matthews with a free-kick in the 67th minute.

Hamilton and Luke Murphy both failed to hit the target as Bolton stepped up their attacking intent with 20 minutes to go, before Ronan shot over the bar at the other end as he connected with a cross from Feeney.

Madine should have scored against his former employers with 10 minutes remaining, latching on to a pass from Feeney before being challenged by Toto Nsiala.

Bolton got themselves back on level terms with a little over two minutes left on the clock, as Dodoo's cross from the right-hand side was volleyed past Maxwell by an advancing Bryan.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, as the Seasiders took the lead once again just 100 seconds later - Dewsbury-Hall taking down a corner from Feeney at the back post, before turning and shooting into the roof of the net to seal a 2-1 victory for the home side.

Defeat for Bolton - a sixth in succession away from home - keeps them 20 points from safety at the foot of the League One table with only 39 left to play for. They are next in action this coming Saturday, with Accrington Stanley the visitors to the University of Bolton Stadium.

Blackpool: Maxwell, Turton, Moore, Husband, Feeney (Edwards 90+3), MacDonald, Virtue, Dewsbury-Hall, Ronan (Spearing 78), Delfouneso, Madine (Nuttall 84)
Subs Not Used: Sims, Howe, Bola, Ward
Booked: Husband, Dewsbury-Hall
Goals: Ronan 13, Dewsbury-Hall 90

Bolton Wanderers: Matthews, Hobbs, Bryan, Nsiala, Bunney (Dodoo 52), Lowe, L Murphy, Hamilton, Crawford (Mellis 82), Politic, O'Grady (D Murphy 45)
Subs Not Used: Alexander, Emmanuel, Delaney, Fleming
Booked: Hamilton, L Murphy
Goals: Bryan 88

Referee: Paul Marsden
Attendance: 8,116

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
13 Accrington Stanley 27 36
14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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