Blackpool and Shrewsbury Town played out a goal-less draw at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
In a game of limited opportunities, the hosts almost snatched all three points late on when Chris Long struck the underside of the bar.
The Seasiders welcomed Curtis Tilt back from injury for the fixture, while Long was rewarded with a start after making an instant impact on debut.
It was Shrewsbury who started the better though. Josh Laurent had a good opportunity to give the visitors the lead in the 11th minute, only to drag his shot wide from eight-yards out.
After then watching Greg Docherty drill wide from a free-kick, Laurent was presented with another chance, though this time he was unable to convert from Luke Waterfall’s flick on.
Just minutes later, Laurent made it a hat-trick of first-half efforts when he flashed wide from a tight angle.
At the other end of the pitch, Blackpool were not finding their usual rhythm and had failed to test Steve Arnold in the opposition goal.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Shrewsbury Town 0
The Seasiders new that a much-improved performance would be required for the second-half, yet a wide Jordan Thompson strike from distance was the best the side could initially muster.
While the visitors continued to look a threat on the counter attack, it was Armand Gnanduillet who had Blackpool’s best effort after the hour mark. Pool’s top scorer got across his man at the near post but headed over.
An injury to Callum Guy soon resulted in a first change of the game, with Harry Pritchard taking the ex-Derby man’s place in midfield.
Chris Long almost backed up his Portsmouth match-winner late on when he slammed an effort against the crossbar, while Armand Gnanduillet glanced narrowly wide.
With the game petering out for a draw, manager Terry McPhillips opted to throw on Michael Nottingham and John O’Sullivan for Liam Feeney and Chris Long.
Despite the changes, the team couldn’t find a breakthrough and were left to settle for a point.
Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Shrewsbury Town 0