Bolton 2 Blackpool 2: Late Davies goal earns a point to show Bolton have X-Factor

27 November 2010 10:26
Aiden Grimshaw, whose TV bid for singing stardom ended two weeks ago, met the players of his home-town team during the week.

While Blackpool show every sign ofproducing more staying power than young Aiden, it was Bolton's MarkDavies who had the X-Factor here, completing a thrilling comeback witha sensational equaliser in the 89th minute.

Thumping: Blackpool's Ian Evatt (right) scores the opening goal

Davies started and finished a mesmerising, short-passing move that involved Kevin Davies, Johan Elmander and Ivan Klasnic.

It ended with the midfielderstabbing the ball past the almost unbeatable Richard Kingson to denywonderful Blackpool a fourth away win.

Blackpool, who attack teams with asmuch enthusiasm away from home as they do at Bloomfield Road, stormedinto a 2-0 lead, Ian Evatt and Luke Varney both scoring headers fromElliot Grandin corners either side of half-time.

They might have easily gone three orfour up by the time substitute Martin Petrov sparked Bolton's fightbackwith a cracking, left-foot shot from 20 yards in the 76th minute.

Luke here: Varney (right)celebrates after scoring Bolton's second goal

Star quality shines from a Blackpool side who continue to defy the odds while climbing steadily up the ladder.

They had not met Bolton in the topflight since 1964. Eleven years previously, however, the clubs didbattle in one of the most memorable of all FA Cup finals, 'The MatthewsFinal' of 1953.

Late show Mark Davies scores the equaliser for Bolton

TEAMSBOLTON (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Lee (Moreno 60min), Muamba (Klasnic 70), M Davies, Taylor (Petrov 60); K Davies, Elmander. Subs (not used): Bogdan, Steinsson, Blake, Cohen. Booked: Robinson, Muamba.

BLACKPOOL (4-3-3): Kingson; Crainey, Evatt, Cathcart, Eardley; Vaughan, Adam, Grandin (Carney 88), Taylor-Fletcher (Ormerod 84), Campbell, Varney (Southern 86). Subs (not used): Halstead, Euell, Phillips, Edwards.Booked: Adam, Vaughan.

Referee: M Dean (Wirral).

If there was a veteran or two fromthat auspicious occasion in the crowd here they would have been asthrilled - well, almost - by the fabulous football played by bothteams.

The highlight of Blackpool's bid toadd Bolton to their away-win scalps of Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool,was skipper Charlies Adams' outrageous, 45-yard attempt to lob JussiJaaskelainen, with the ball dipping over the bar and clipping the roofof the net.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle, who brought on three attacking players from the 60th minute, said: 'When I made my substitutions, I was prepared to lose the game three- or four-nil. We had six attacking players in the last 25 minutes and we could have ended up scoring four or five. It was a lovely, free-flowing move that brought our equaliser.'

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said: 'I would pay money to watch my team - even though, with six in the family, it would cost me a fortune! I don't think I have ever enjoyed a match so much in my life.

'If we'd got a third it would have been sayonara. But it wasn't to be and how can I be disappointed with that?'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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