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West Brom fail to make pressure count as Blackpool claim point

Blackpool v West Bromwich Albion – Sky Bet Championship – Bloomfield Road
(Image credit: Nick Potts)

Battling Blackpool clung on for a precious point as they frustrated promotion-chasing West Brom at Bloomfield Road in an entertaining 0-0 draw.

The hosts soaked up a barrage of pressure as the Baggies dominated proceedings but, despite creating a string of chances, the visitors could find no way through.

And that means Valerian Ismael’s team have still not won away from home for nearly two months.

The Baggies have also not won away at Blackpool since February 2010 as the Seasiders stretched their recent unbeaten run to three matches to boost their own lofty play-off ambitions.

The visitors had the first chance of the evening as striker Karlan Grant cut inside the box and had a powerful shot charged down.

Two minutes later midfielder Grady Diangana pounced on a poor pass from Blackpool goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw, but wasted a glorious chance by blasting wide.

At the other end the recalled Shayne Lavery proved a nuisance and caused Albion keeper Sam Johnstone to pull off a smart close-range save.

Midfielder Alex Mowatt combined well with Conor Townsend, but he blazed a left-foot shot high and wide from an acute angle.

Townsend had a great chance of his own on the half hour mark, but his fierce left-footed strike was parried by an alert Grimshaw and collected at the second attempt.

Defender Reece James made a desperate clearance moments later, as the hosts found themselves under sustained pressure.

And former Huddersfield hitman Grant forced a smart block from Grimshaw at his near post.

But it was Neil Critchley’s battling side who nearly took the lead against the run of play.

Johnstone produced a wonder save to thwart Gary Madine from point-blank range, before somehow getting to his feet to block Keshi Anderson’s header at the back post. It was a quite brilliant double block.

The relentless pace of the game continued following the restart and, after just two minutes, Madine had a shot charged down in the area.

Brighton loanee Molumby tried his luck from the edge of the box, but he saw his goalbound strike blocked by Anderson, who did well to track back.

Substitute Callum Robinson teed up fellow replacement Jordan Hugill, but the Norwich loan striker saw his shot agonisingly deflected over the bar after a fine block from defender James Husband.

Sub CJ Hamilton should have put the home side ahead in the 76th minute, but the ring-rusty midfielder snatched at his shot and fired horribly over from close-range.

Defender Matt Clarke forced a good low save from Grimshaw as Albion threatened once again, but to no avail.

And then Grant poked inches wide at the near post from Townsend’s low cross as the visitors were frustrated further. It summed up the Baggies’ frustrating evening.

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