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Posted Tue 18 Aug 09 at 21:38 PM

Blackpool 0 Derby County 0

A goalless draw with Derby County meant that the Seasiders had to settle for their third point of the season at Bloomfield Road.

Saturday's effort against Cardiff appeared to have taken its toll on the home side as the final ball deserted them. Neither side really did anything to warrant the three points but the Seasiders probably had the best of the limited chances.

Giving a first start to Neal Eardley, Ian Holloway had to do without the services of Stephen Crainey due to a groin strain but Jay Emmanuel-Thomas did make an appearance from the bench.

The visitors had the first chance of the game, Rob Hulse placing his header straight in to the hands of Paul Rachubka.

The Seasiders first real effort came courtesy of Charlie Adam, his long-range effort landing straight in the grasp of the 'keeper.

Both sides seemed to be lacking that killer ball in the final third and were struggling to get a full grip of the game. Derby had probably just edged the first 20 minutes on possession.

Neal Eardley, making his debut for Blackpool, had shown glimpses of what he could do in the opening stages, both in attack and defence. His defensive skills were needed to head clear a great teasing ball from Paul Connolly as the Rams push for an opener.

The Seasiders should have been the ones to take the lead, however, Jason Euell coming within inches of sliding in a testing ball from Brett Ormerod. The tempo Pool's game started to lift somewhat with ten or so minutes remaining until half-time. Alex Baptiste was the next player to shoot for goal following great work from Neal Eardley and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Charlie Adam took down a great flick through from Gary Taylor-Fletcher to strike for goal as the Seasiders continued to press.

Despite a brighter end to the half the sides went in at the interval goalless.


Miles Addison was the first to come closest to scoring in the opening stages of the second-half, his header flying over the bar.

The Seasiders opted to make a change on 57, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas coming on for his debut in place of David Vaughan. The Arsenal player's arrival on the field lifted both the crowd and team somewhat to up the ante.

The Rams changed personnel themselves on 67, Lee Croft leaving the field for Paul Green.

A great effort from Alex Baptiste drew a fine save from Stephen Bywater in the Derby goal. The defender was quick to react following a Charlie Adam free-kick that bounced back off the wall.

A charge down from Brett Ormerod left Stephen Bywater stranded out of his goal with just over 10 minutes remaining. Jason Euell tried his luck as the Rams' keeper back-peddled but his effort was cleared away. At the other end Paul Rachubka reacted quickly to prevent an ominous Derby counter-attack.

Nigel Clough looked to push for that elusive winning goal with the introduction of Luke Varney for Rob Hulse on 80. Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher were later withdrawn for Ishmel Demontagnac and Billy Clarke but in the end Blackpool had to settle for their third draw of the season.


Attendance: 8,056 (1,303 visitors)

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