Date: 2nd October 2013 at 12:29am
Written by:

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae has been speaking to Blackpoolfc.co.uk, and has labelled the match as a hard fought draw.

There were chances at both ends, but neither team managed to break the deadlock. Blackpools best chance came from a set piece towards the end of the first half, where the ball was cleared off the line, but no pool players were available to touch in.

Similar situation for Bolton, where gilks made an excellent save, and then MacKenzie was there to put around the post.

‘It was a hard fought encounter. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy because Bolton have a rich squad of players – you look at their bench and there’s top players there,’ Rae said. ‘I suppose the most pleasing thing for me and the manager is that we’ve got a clean sheet and we can pride ourselves on that. It will give us a foundation to build on.

‘There was a few chances for both teams, Beckford had a couple for them and obviously we had one from Thomas at the death for us and Dobbie had a really good run into the box. We nearly scored off a set-play in the first-half but they cleared it off the line.’

Blackpool move up a place to sixth place after the game, higher than where supporters would have placed us in the league at this point before the season begins. But as injuries start to kick in, and our goals are starting to dry up a little, do we still have what it takes to challenge at the top of the table come may.

It was obvious to see that Blackpool missed the experience of Barry Ferguson, who is out with an ankle injury, and dependent upon the extent of the damage may need to find a replacement in the loan market until he is fit enough to return.