Blackpool 0-0 West Brom: Baggies stop the rot on the road as they end run of four straight away defeats… but Valerien Ismael’s side lose yet more ground on Championship automatic promotion spots
- Blackpool held West Brom to a goalless draw in the Championship on Tuesday
- The draw helped the Baggies end a run of four straight defeats on the road
- However, it dented their promotion hopes, and they are seven points off second
West Brom halted their run of four away defeats but were still left frustrated after this stalemate at Bloomfield Road.
Boss Valerien Ismael’s demand for more composure in front of goal went unheeded as his team missed numerous chances to make up some ground on leading pair Fulham and Bournemouth.
Albion remain in third place but after a 10-game unbeaten start to the season, they have taken only four points and scored two goals from their last five games.
West Brom have lost more ground on the league leaders after a draw away at Blackpool
Blackpool (4-4-2): Grimshaw, Lawrence-Gabriel, James, Ekpiteta, Husband, Bowler (Dale 66), Wintle, Dougall, Anderson, Madine, Lavery (Hamilton 66)
Subs not used: Moore, Gretarsson, Yates, Sterling, Connolly
West Brom (3-4-2-1): Johnstone, Kipre, Clarke, Bartley, Townsend, Furlong, Mowatt, Molumby, Diangana (Robinson 60), Grant, Phillips (Hugill 61)
Subs not used: Button, Reach, Ajayi, Fellows, Gardner-Hickman
Grady Diangana, Alex Mowatt, Connor Townsend and Karlon Grant all failed to take good opening in the first half when Blackpool keeper Dan Grimshaw was kept busy
But Albion had their keeper Sam Johnstone to thank for keeping them level at the break with a double save from Gary Madine and Keshi Anderson.
The second half followed a similar pattern of Albion dominance and Blackpool threat on the break and from set-pieces.
Grimshaw came to Blackpool’s rescue again with a late save from Matt Clarke while Grant sent a chance wide from Townsend’s low cross as Albion piled on the pressure looking for all three points.
But newly-promoted Blackpool held out and could have snatched an unlikely winner after 76 minutes when sub CJ Hamilton hooked his shot wide.
Neil Critchley’s side have now held Bournemouth and Albion and beaten Fulham to show they should have no trouble staying in the division.
Blackpool’s Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (right) flicks the ball over West Brom’s Conor Townsend
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