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Blackpool   0 - 0   Stoke

Charlie Adam and Dean Whitehead
Chances were few and far between at Bloomfield Road

By Nabil Hassan

Blackpool stayed out of the bottom three on goal difference with three games left to play after a goalless draw with FA Cup finalists Stoke.

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones had the best chance of the game but fired wide of an empty goal before the break.

Matt Phillips produced a low, near-post volley for Blackpool but was denied by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic.

At the other end Matt Gilks did well to keep out Glenn Whelan's 25-yard strike and a Jones header to secure a point.

Blackpool looked to be heading into the relegation places but Leighton Baines's late equaliser from the penalty spot for Everton against Wigan kept them fourth from bottom, with a one goal superior goal difference than the Latics.

Holloway pleased by Blackpool resilience

But both north west clubs could still go down because West Ham and Wolves, currently the bottom two, both have a game in hand.

And with away trips to Tottenham and Manchester United among their three remaining fixtures, Blackpool are in a precarious position after a rollercoaster debut season in the Premier League.

Ian Holloway's men started brightly, pressing Stoke and forcing them into mistakes, but for all their endeavour they were forced to rely on scraps with first DJ Campbell and then Phillips having half chances that never really threatened the Stoke goal.

Soon after, Charlie Adam was caught on the head by the boot of Stoke defender Robert Huth who appeared to fortunate to escape without any kind of card as referee Mark Clattenburg gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Unsurprisingly in difficult conditions, Rory Delap's first long throw caused Gilks problems, who flapped at the ball, allowing Huth to shoot goalwards, but the danger was easily cleared by Stephen Crainey.

Blackpool continued to press, but could not find the killer pass with Stoke were unusually nervy at the back.

The hosts' best chance of the half fell to Neal Eardley, but he sliced well wide after good link-up play between Campbell and Phillips.

Stoke always looked dangerous on the break though and only a last-ditch tackle from Ian Evatt prevented Jones from bursting through on goal.

But on the stroke of half-time Jones did find a way through, finding himself one on one with Gilks, but after rounding the keeper he fired wide of an empty goal.

It was a woeful miss from the forward who was hoping to become the first Stoke player to score in four consecutive Premier League matches.

Blackpool started the second half brightly and Phillips was denied an opener by Begovic after he directed Adams' low front-post corner towards goal on the volley.

One point should have been three - Pulis

Soon after Blackpool's Keith Southern's saw his side-foot from 20 yards fly just wide of the post after it deflected off Campbell.

At the other end, Whelan forced a fine save from Gilks who turned a 25-yard shot behind for a corner at full-stretch, but the effort seemed to reinvigorate the visitors who enjoyed their first sustained period of pressure.

Jones had another chance to break the deadlock but again found Gilks in the way as his point-blank downward header saved by the feet of the Blackpool keeper.

Shawcross and Adam then had a coming together that left Blackpool's skipper feeling more than a little groggy as the hosts started to run out of ideas.

Blackpool fans appealed for a penalty when Campbell got in a tangle with Whelan in the box, but Clattenburg waved play on, and David Vaughan tried a drive from distance which flew over.

With time running out, Blackpool sent on Luke Varney and Sergey Kornilenko, but it was Stoke who looked the more likely to score, with Whelan firing wide from 20 yards.

Both had late half chances but it ended goalless, the first match Blackpool have failed to score at home this season.


Blackpool boss Ian Holloway:

"I think this proves that we have come out of our doldrums. We have taken on a really good side at our place and kept a clean sheet.

"Their defence was slightly better than our attacking options today, so well done to them for nullifying us.

"We've lost a record [scoring in every home game], but we've gained something - we've kept a clean sheet in the Premier League at home [for the first time].

"Kenwyne Jones should probably should have been the match-winner, but from my point of view, I think that is the tide turning for us."

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis:

"Great strikers score great goals, but they do miss chances - and chances as easy as that.

"But Kenwyne has been fantastic for us and there will be no problems with him.

"Obviously it would have given us a great lift going in at half-time, but we also had opportunities in the second half which, on another day, could have dropped for us.

"Glenn Whelan had a couple of opportunities which I thought were very close, but Blackpool are fighting for their lives and you have to give them a lot of credit."

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 0-0 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)

      Blackpool

      Substitutes

      Stoke

      Substitutes

      Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 16,003
      BLACKPOOL
      STOKE

      Possession

      • Blackpool 50%
      • Stoke 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Blackpool 6
      • Stoke 6

      Attempts off target

      • Blackpool 5
      • Stoke 3

      Corners

      • Blackpool 4
      • Stoke 8

      Fouls

      • Blackpool 10
      • Stoke 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:29 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
      • 90:00+3:44 Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Sergey Kornilenko results in a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+2:10 The ball is delivered by Dean Whitehead, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
      • 90:00+1:36 David Vaughan challenges Marc Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:09 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
      • 90:00+0:55 Foul by Kenwyne Jones on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
      • 90:00+0:15 Substitution Salif Diao is brought on as a substitute for Jermaine Pennant.
      • 89:25 Stephen Crainey produces a cross, Sergey Kornilenko takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
      • 89:05 The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley.
      • 88:33 Charlie Adam fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
      • 87:38 Luke Varney crosses the ball, Asmir Begovic makes a save.
      • 87:26 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.
      • 86:34 Neal Eardley sends in a cross, save by Asmir Begovic.
      • 84:23 Glenn Whelan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
      • 83:34 Alex Baptiste is adjudged to have handled the ball. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
      • 81:58 Jonathan Walters produces a cross, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
      • 80:31 Substitution John Carew on for Rory Delap.
      • 79:25 Sergey Kornilenko handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
      • 78:59 Centre by Jonathan Walters.
      • 77:18 Neal Eardley produces a cross, Rory Delap gets a block in.
      • 75:45 Foul by David Vaughan on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jermaine Pennant.
      • 75:27 Robert Huth takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.
      • 74:42 The ball is sent over by Rory Delap, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
      • 74:32 Centre by Jermaine Pennant.
      • 74:22 A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
      • 72:46 Keith Southern produces a cross.
      • 71:45 Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner.
      • 71:45 Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes off and Sergey Kornilenko comes on.
      • 71:45 Substitution Matt Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Varney.
      • 71:20 Keith Southern sends in a cross, clearance by Ryan Shotton.
      • 69:11 Keith Southern concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Pennant. Marc Wilson shoots direct from the free kick.
      • 68:57 Unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
      • 68:34 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey.
      • 68:01 Robert Huth challenges Ian Evatt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
      • 67:35 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
      • 67:07 Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
      • 66:57 Jermaine Pennant produces a cross, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
      • 66:20 Jermaine Pennant takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan.
      • 66:14 The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, blocked by Charlie Adam.
      • 65:50 Ryan Shotton fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shotton.
      • 65:14 Shot from just outside the box by Jonathan Walters misses to the right of the goal.
      • 64:46 Keith Southern challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:50 Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
      • 61:18 Shot from outside the area by David Vaughan misses to the left of the target.
      • 60:00 Jonathan Walters delivers the ball.
      • 59:14 Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
      • 56:49 Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
      • 56:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Charlie Adam.
      • 55:38 Outswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the right by-line.
      • 55:38 Substitution Ryan Shotton on for Andy Wilkinson.
      • 55:15 Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
      • 53:57 Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.
      • 52:29 Keith Southern takes a shot. Blocked by Dudley Campbell.
      • 49:38 Ryan Shawcross challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam.
      • 47:24 Jonathan Walters sends in a cross, Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
      • 47:13 A cross is delivered by Jonathan Walters, Keith Southern makes a clearance.
      • 46:00 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line played to the near post, Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
      • 45:31 Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:15 The referee calls an end to the first half.
      • 45:00+0:28 Effort from deep inside the area by Kenwyne Jones misses to the right of the target.
      • 43:52 The offside flag is raised against Jonathan Walters. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
      • 40:54 Unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Keith Southern results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
      • 40:11 Centre by Matt Phillips, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
      • 39:41 Ian Evatt produces a cross.
      • 39:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Wilson on Matt Phillips. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neal Eardley from right channel, Dean Whitehead makes a clearance.
      • 38:27 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan.
      • 37:52 The ball is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
      • 37:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Matthew Gilks. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
      • 36:54 Centre by Jermaine Pennant, David Vaughan gets a block in.
      • 36:48 Glenn Whelan crosses the ball, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
      • 36:34 Short corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.
      • 36:19 Centre by Glenn Whelan, clearance by Alex Baptiste.
      • 35:37 Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line played to the near post, Glenn Whelan makes a clearance.
      • 35:32 Matt Phillips produces a cross, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
      • 33:11 The ball is sent over by Rory Delap, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
      • 33:06 Andy Wilkinson produces a cross.
      • 31:23 The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.
      • 30:05 David Vaughan delivers the ball.
      • 29:10 Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Strike on goal comes in from Charlie Adam from the free kick.
      • 26:57 Neal Eardley produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
      • 26:15 Centre by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Kenwyne Jones.
      • 25:36 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
      • 24:00 Ian Evatt fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
      • 19:20 Charlie Adam produces a cross.
      • 18:59 Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Eardley. David Vaughan takes the direct free kick.
      • 18:30 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Robert Huth gets a block in.
      • 17:04 Rory Delap handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
      • 16:19 The ball is crossed by Jermaine Pennant, Neal Eardley manages to make a clearance.
      • 14:36 Rory Delap produces a cross, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
      • 13:18 Long range shot by Charlie Adam goes wide left of the goal.
      • 12:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Robert Huth. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
      • 11:53 Robert Huth takes a shot. Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
      • 7:27 Effort from outside the box by Matt Phillips goes wide right of the target.
      • 6:31 Dudley Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones. Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.
      • 5:24 Stephen Crainey delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Dudley Campbell misses to the right of the target.
      • 0:00 The game begins.

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      Barclays Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Man Utd 34 39 73
      2 Chelsea 35 38 70
      3 Arsenal 34 31 64
      4 Man City 33 21 59
      5 Tottenham 34 7 55
      6 Liverpool 34 12 52
      7 Everton 35 5 48
      8 Bolton 35 0 46
      9 Fulham 35 7 45
      10 Stoke 35 0 43
      11 West Brom 35 -14 43
      12 Newcastle 34 1 41
      13 Aston Villa 35 -13 41
      14 Sunderland 35 -13 41
      15 Blackburn 35 -14 38
      16 Birmingham 34 -17 38
      17 Blackpool 35 -22 35
      18 Wigan 35 -23 35
      19 Wolves 34 -23 33
      20 West Ham 34 -22 32

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