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Report: Tranmere 0 Blackpool 0

26 July 2016

Pool Draw On Merseyside

Blackpool got another 90 minutes under their belt but played out a largely unforgettable goalless draw with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Gary Bowyer's men came the closest against the Vanarama Conference side when Kyle Vassell struck the foot of the post after the break.

21 players were used by The Seasiders who also had Brad Potts and Jim McAlister come close, as the League Two campaign creeps closer. 

The first chance fell to the hosts, but after James Norwood had raced clear his effort was turned behind for a corner by the feet of Sam Slocombe.

Winger Jake Kirby was next to have a pop, but his long-range effort flew straight at the Pool stopper. 

Blackpool's first opening came from a Danny Pugh corner but when the ball fell to Colin Daniel the winger sliced his effort and the chance was gone. 

Bowyer's side continued to grow into the game and when Danny Philliskirk found Potts, the midfielder's ambitious volley tested Scott Davies.

At the other end Slocombe got down low to deny Kirby, while McAlister wasted a golden opportunity for The Seasiders when he blazed wide. 

With the game hitting a bit of a lull, Tranmere's Lois Maynard attempted to lift the tempo but again Slocombe was equal to his effort. 

Four minutes before the break a quick turn and shot by Vassell had Davies worried for a moment but it flashed wide.

Right on the stroke of half-time Maynard headed over for the hosts as the two sides went in for the break level. 

Half-Time: Tranmere 0 Blackpool 0

After the break Blackpool improved but it was Slocombe called into action first, flying through the air to deny Kirby. 

From the resulting corner the goalkeeper reacted well to keep out a flick from Michael Ihiekwe.

A foul on Colin Daniel then presented Vassell with a dead ball opportunity but the striker fired over the bar. 

The striker came much closer with his next attempt, beating Davies but not his near post. 

Substitute Adam Mekki was causing problems to The Seasiders and when he was upended by McAlister he should have done better with the resulting free-kick. 

72 minutes in Bowyer rang the changes, bringing on ten fresh faces to shuffle his hand. 

Moments later substitute goalkeeper Kyle Letheren did well to adjust and turn Lee Vaughan's cross over the bar. 

The Welshman was at it again soon after, as his pushed away a volley from Norwood. 

That proved to be the final action of the game as it finished goalless. 

Full-Time: Tranmere 0 Blackpool 0

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