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Report: Blackpool 0 Rochdale 0

Point Apiece At Bloomfield Road

26 September 2017

Blackpool and Rochdale played out a goal-less draw at Bloomfield Road, which extended The Seasiders' unbeaten league run at home to five matches.

In a game of few chances, Sessi D’Almeida and Curtis Tilt came closest to breaking the deadlock for Pool, while Ian Henderson and Joe Bunney did likewise for the visitors.

Manager Gary Bowyer made just the one change to his side for the encounter, with Sessi D’Almeida taking the place of Kelvin Mellor.

It took until the 11th minute for Blackpool’s first real attack to come to prominence. Sean Longstaff drifted in field and fired an effort just past the post.

Seconds later Callum Cooke played D’Almeida through but the midfielder was denied by a fine save from Josh Lillis.

Further opportunities followed, yet the best one fell to Curtis Tilt, who headed over Jimmy Ryan’s corner from six-yards out.

Rochdale, who were constantly pressing Blackpool in possession, saw Ian Henderson stoop low and head straight at Ryan Allsop just before the 30-minute mark.

Bradden Inman curled an effort just round the post minutes later, as the visitors looked for the advantage.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Rochdale 0

Both sides continued to cancel each other out in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, with great balls across the six-yard box from Rochdale’s Jordan Williams and Blackpool’s Colin Daniel begging for connections.

Oliver Rathbone let fly from distance for the visitors and saw his strike deflect just wide, while a chip towards the back post from Joe Bunney a minute later was headed off the line by Curtis Tilt.

Great work down the left from Sean Longstaff almost resulting in Blackpool breaking the deadlock, yet Viv Solomon-Otabor was unable to find the target at the back post.

Nathan Delfouneso was introduced off the bench with 20 minutes remaining, though chances were few and far between due to a couple of players, most notably Jimmy Ryan, picking up knocks.

With just minutes remaining, Ryan Allsop pulled off a fine save to push Ian Henderson’s strike away from the top corner, before ex-Pool striker Steven Davies headed over.

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Rochdale 0

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