Blackpool and Sheffield United battled out an entertaining goalless draw at Bloomfield Road, with plenty of commitment but little in the way of clear cut chances.
The draw continues Pool’s upward turn in results and leaves them unbeaten in three, after Jim McAlister and Uche Ikpeazu passed up opportunities to make it a victory.
Promotion-chasing Sheffield United had Conor Sammon and Billy Sharp causing problems, but neither could find a way past Colin Doyle on a wet and windy night on the coast.
In bitterly cold conditions, The Blades warmed up the quicker and Sammon scooped an effort wide, while Jack Redshaw and Brad Potts both misfired early on for the hosts.
The first sight Sharp had of the Pool goal resulted in an off target volley, much to the home fans’ relief, given his history of scoring against the club.
Blackpool were playing some enterprising football and Potts forced George Long into an early save. It was Sharp keeping Blackpool on their toes, and once he exchanged passes with Sammon, he curled an effort narrowly wide.
Next it was Sammon’s turn to threaten and once he swivelled into space and smashed an effort on goal he must have thought he’d scored, but Doyle got down low to produce an incredible save to deny him.
The required save at the other end wasn’t as taxing for Long, who plucked a Mark Yeates free-kick out of the air with consummate ease to ensure the sides went in level at the break.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Sheff Utd 0
After the break Pool looked the livelier side and Tom Aldred headed wide a whipped corner from Yeates. The next big chance fell to McAlister, who could only stab at Long, after Danny Philliskirk had set him up.
Just after the hour mark Neil McDonald changed his hand, with Ikpeazu taking the place of McAlister. The striker was instant involved as he latched onto Aldred’s header, only to loft his effort onto the roof of the net.
The striker was causing all kinds of problems to the United backline, but lashed his next effort wide when the better options were lining up for The Seasiders.
He was soon followed onto the pitch by Mark Cullen and Clark Robertson, who took the place of Redshaw and Will Aimson.
As for The Blades, Neill Collins headed over from a corner, while Ikpeazu did similar from David Ferguson’s cross 78 minutes in.
The final action of the contest saw David Norris crash a volley into row z as Blackpool were forced to settle for a point.
Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Sheff Utd 0