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Posted Sat 13 Sep 14 at 17:00 PM

Report: Blackpool 0 Wolves 0

Blackpool are finally off the mark for the season, after taking a point from in-form Wolves at Bloomfield Road.

Either side could have won the contest, which finished goalless, as the woodwork came to both goalkeepers' rescue.

It was an impressive performance by The Seasiders, and it could have been rewarded further had Nile Ranger not struck the crossbar in the second half.

Rajiv Van La Parra had already hit Joe Lewis' post for Wolves, as the two sides were forced to settle for a point, Pool's first of the season.

The contest started with a high tempo, but a number of Wolves set pieces in the opening ten minutes failed to produce a clear-cut opportunity.

In fact it was The Seasiders who carved out the first chance, when Nathan Delfouneso exchanged passed with Andrea Orlandi, before hooking the Spaniard's cross wide.

On 23 minutes Lewis was called into action for the hosts, and he was at full-stretch to impressively tip Michael Jacobs' header around the post.

Blackpool were the next to threaten, Orlandi sent Joan Oriol scampering down the left, and the defender cut inside onto his right foot, but saw his effort deflected wide for a corner.

From the following set piece John Lundstram volleyed over for the hosts, while Peter Clarke came close to bundling home a free-kick from the Everton loanee soon after.

They were let off the hook on 37 minutes however, when Van La Parra's shot came back off the inside of Lewis' post, and then skipper Danny Batth dragged an effort wide.

It proved to be the last chance of the half, as Blackpool went in for half time level for the first time this season.

Half Time: Blackpool 0 Wolves 0

After the interval Blackpool had a golden chance to edge ahead, but Tony McMahon could only find the side netting, having been played in by Orlandi.

At the other end Dave Edwards headed wide for the visitors. However Pool came within inches of taking the lead soon after.

Ranger was sent through, and after twisting and turning past Batth and Carl Ikeme, the striker saw his effort bounce back off the crossbar.

The end-to-end action continued, as substitute James Henry was denied by a fantastic piece of defending from Clarke, sliding in to block the effort.

Next Edu Oriol powered his way through the Wolves rearguard, but saw his effort blocked inside the box.

José Riga then attempted to switch things up, taking off Orlandi and brining on Ishmael Miller.

Delfouneso was next to give way for Francois Zoko, and seconds later McMahon's header had to be clawed off the line by Ikeme.

As the match approached added time Sergei Zenjov came on, fresh from international duty, taking the place of Edu Oriol.

Some brave defending from Donervon Daniels and Lewis saved a point late on, as Blackpool finally got themselves off the mark for the season.

Full Time: Blackpool 0 Wolves 0

By Mark Ridgway

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