Belfast Telegraph

Tangerines in trouble

Blackpool remain firmly in the Barclays Premier League relegation scrap after being held to a goalless draw by Stoke at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders were looking to give their survival bid a major boost but could not make a breakthrough against the Potters, for whom Kenwyne Jones missed the best chance of the game when he rounded goalkeeper Matt Gilks but shot wide in first-half stoppage time.

Glenn Whelan also went close for the visitors, while Asmir Begovic did well to deny Matt Phillips from close range.

The home side carved out the first goalscoring opportunity after six minutes, Stephen Crainey whipping in a cross and DJ Campbell heading over the crossbar.

Charlie Adam then attempted to burst through and collided with Glenn Whelan and Robert Huth, with the latter's foot appearing to make contact with the Blackpool captain's head. Adam looked to be in some pain, but he was able to continue.

The hosts survived a real scare in first half stoppage-time when they lost possession and the ball came to Jones, who took it around Gilks as Ian Evatt slipped over. It seemed like a simple finish for the former Sunderland striker, but he somehow contrived to blaze wide.

Phillips went close at the start of the second half but his flick towards goal from Adam's corner was saved by Begovic.

Keith Southern then fired an effort in that took a deflection off his team-mate Campbell and went narrowly wide.

Stoke responded with a swerving shot from Whelan which Gilks dived to palm away and a downward header from Jones which was scrambled clear.

Blackpool fans appealed for a penalty when Campbell got in a tangle with Whelan in the box, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

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