Blackpool 2 Bolton 2: Late Delfouneso strike leaves new man Appleton with a point
17:36 GMT, 10 November 2012
17:36 GMT, 10 November 2012
Nathan Delfouneso struck late to deny Bolton and ensured Michael Appleton avoided defeat in his first game as Blackpool manager.
Mark Davies put the visitors ahead but it was all square after 19 minutes when Blackpool's England Under-21 international winger Tom Ince superbly brought up his third goal in as many matches.
A pleasingly open game produced a host of chances as each side pressed for the win, and it was Wanderers who landed a telling blow in the 71st minute when Lee Chung-yong converted Chris Eagles' cross.
Salvation: Michael Appleton started with a draw after his side equalised late on
Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Baptiste, Crainey, Grandin (Kevin Phillips 80), Basham, Sylvestre, Matt Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher (Delfouneso 46), Ince.
Subs Not Used: Halstead, Evatt, Martinez, Harris, Dicko.
Goals: Ince 19, Delfouneso 81.
Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Andrews, Spearing, Eagles (Pratley 79), Mark Davies, Petrov (Lee 58), Ngog (Kevin Davies 88).
Subs Not Used: Lynch, Ream, Afobe, Butterfield.
Goals: Mark Davies 16, Lee 71.
Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).
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But on-loan Aston Villa striker
Delfouneso, on for the injured Gary Taylor-Fletcher at the interval,
pounced nine minutes from time when Bolton failed to deal with Stephen
Blackpool and Bolton remain 12th and 17th respectively in the npower Championship and are separated by two points.
Appleton, installed at Bloomfield
Road on Wednesday evening after Ian Holloway left to succeed
recently-appointed Bolton boss Freedman at Crystal Palace last weekend,
opted not to alter the Blackpool XI that recorded a first win in six
games at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
Kevin Phillips and Ian Evatt returned to the bench following injury and suspension respectively.
David Ngog, who scored the winner
before being sent off in Freedman's first game at the helm against
Cardiff last weekend, was restored to the starting line-up alongside
on-loan Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing and winger Martin Petrov.
Ngog had the ball in the net early on but was flagged offside when applying the finish to Sam Ricketts' cross.
Blackpool left-back Crainey was
allowed to venture forward as Petrov neglected his defensive duties and
Elliot Grandin smashed the resulting centre over.
Davies gave Bolton a 16th-minute lead, collecting the loose ball to slot home after Alex Baptiste's interception to deny Ngog.
The response was instant and
magnificent as Ince cut in from the right flank and curled beyond the
helpless Adam Bogdan from 25 yards.
Opener: Mark Davies struck for Bolton to get things underway
Craig Cathcart had the opportunity to
send Blackpool in ahead at the break but was off target when he met
Matt Phillips' corner unmarked
Petrov thrashed a volley over from
Davies' chipped pass early in the second period and the end-to-end feel
remained as Wanderers captain Zat Knight did well to clear following a
jinking run from Matt Phillips.
Lee was introduced in place of Petrov
shortly before the hour and shortly afterwards Blackpool midfielder
Chris Basham might have punished his former club for further slack
Ince was agonisingly close to finding
the decisive touch when Crainey collected an excellent Sylvestre pass
and flashed narrowly wide of the far post in the 65th minute, before
Bolton led slightly against the run of play.
Davies picked out Eagles on the right flank and his cross was met by a sliding Lee to cap a fine team move.
Having led for three minutes in the
first-half, Wanderers managed 10 this time around before Kevin Phillips
knocked down Crainey's set-piece for fellow substitute Delfouneso to net
for the first time in nine appearances.
Phillips almost snatched the points
for Blackpool but Bogdan atoned for poor positioning by palming over,
while Bolton's Kevin Davies came on to make his 600th career appearance
in the closing minutes.