Blackpool welcomed Bolton in the hope of continuing their winning start to the season. The game started with Blackpool taking the initiative, and applying all the pressure in the first 15 minutes, but they failed to capitalise on a number of chances. This allowed the momentum to swing Bolton’s way and Blackpool found themselves defending a number of short corners which were defended well, with successive blocks by Sean Lester.
The second half started much the same as the first, with Blackpool stronger, and when Bolton did mount an attack, solid defending by captain, Dave Rayner and Alex Diver soaked up the pressure. With 20 minutes to go, Blackpool thought they’d broken the deadlock when a free hit from the left hand side saw Sean Lester’s driven ball diverted past the keeper by Sam Goudie. The goal was awarded by one umpire, but an infringement was spotted by the other official, and the game remained at 0-0. Blackpool nearly hit self destruct later in the second half, conceding a penalty stroke however, keeper Graeme Kilshaw stood his ground to deny the visitors.
Blackpool were encouraged by the impressive performance from the midfielders, with real understanding developing between Ashley Blakemore, Sam Goudie and Paul Atherton. Chances were created throughout this game for both sides, but the killer instinct inside the ‘D’ was lacking, meaning a goalless draw was the eventual and fair result. Right-back, Fraser Bloy made his competitive debut and impressed throughout with his pace, tackling and distribution. A first appearance from Josh Wright on the left flank also showed an encouraging first performance. Blackpool now remain second in the division, with a trip to Carlisle next week.