A WONDER strike by Kevin Phillips handed Blackpool a point against Cardiff City.
The 38-year-old turned and fired into the top corner from 25-yards to cancel out Don Cowie’s goal just after the break.
Ian Holloway’s men will play much better this season, but they will be happy with a point out of a game they could so easily have lost.
FULL TIME: BLACKPOOL 1 CARDIFF CITY 1
Not the best of performances from Blackpool, but it’s another point and another game without defeat.
92 mins: Anthony Gerrard forces a superb save from Matt Gilks in the dying moments.
90 mins: Three minutes time added.
88 mins: End-to-end game here that could go either way. Neither team creating clear cut chances at the moment.
81 mins: Peter Whittingham fires a 25-yard free kick just wide.
79 mins: Another home sell-out here at Bloomfield Road with a crowd of 12,798. 1,549 of those from Cardiff.
78 mins: Craig Conway fires over from 20 yards. Never looked like going in.
76 mins: Matty Phillips whips in a brilliant ball towards the near post where it hit Brett Ormerod and spun towards goal, sadly a Cardiff defender was on the line to clear it.
71 mins: Cardiff fans claim for a penalty as Craig Conway goes down under a Baptiste challenge. Would have been a very weak penalty.
69 mins: James Hurst is booked for a bit of a wild tackle. The youngster had looked nervous so far.
63 mins: Blackpool have got themselves back into the game out of nowhere. Phillips showing why he’s scored so many goals in his career. If only we had that sort of firepower last season.
LATEST: BLACKPOOL 1 CARDIFF 1
61 mins: GOAL FOR BLACKPOOL!! Kevin Phillips scores a sensational goal from 25-yards. The striker turned on the right-hand side of the box and fired a curling effort into the top corner. Brilliant stuff!
59 mins: Have to say Blackpool are struggling here. Not getting to grips with Cardiff’s movement at all.
57 mins: Kevin McNaughton fires straight at Gilks from the edge of the box.
53 mins: Blackpool make three changes. Matty Phillips, Stephen Crainey and debutant James Hurst come on to replace Craig Cathcart, Matty Hill and Billy Clarke.
49 mins: Pool had an instant chance to level the game. Ian Evatt headed straight at Marshall after Phillips had nodded it back into the box at the far post.
LATEST: BLACKPOOL 0 CARDIFF CITY 1
48 mins: GOAL FOR CARDIFF!! Don Cowie heads a superb Andrew Taylor cross past Gilks to hand the away side the lead. It was coming.
45 mins: Kevin Phillips and Keith Southern kick-off the second half for Blackpool. No changes for either side.
HALF TIME: BLACKPOOL 0 CARDIFF CITY 0
Blackpool will be delighted to get in 0-0 at the break after a poor half of football Cardiff have had a number of chances to take the lead. Ian Holloway will get stuck into the lads at half-time no doubt. Big improvement needed.
46 mins: Keith Southern forces a superb save from David Marshall with a left-footed strike from 25 yards.
45 mins: One minute of time added on.
41 mins: Really difficult half of football for Blackpool so far.
36 mins: Great ball fired into the box by Whittingham for Cardiff, no striker on the end of it though.
35 mins: Very sloppy spell from Blackpool. Giving the ball away all over the pitch, Ian Holloway will be furious.
32 mins: Totally free header from Antony Gerrard in the Blackpool six yard box. He met a corner and headed over unchallenged. Should have scored.
30 mins: Matt Gilks denies Kenny Miller at full stretch. Fantastic save.
27 mins: Billy Clarke fires a tame free-kick into the arms of Marshall.
25 mins: Back up the other end of the park, Anthony Gerrard finds the roof of the net with a decent effort from 25 yards.
23 mins: Another Clarke cross is headed over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Better from Blackpool.
22 mins: First chance for Blackpool, and it was a good one. Billy Clarke found space and his cross was met by Kevin Phillips who forced a decent save from Marshall in goal.
19 mins: Total one way traffic here. Another chance for Cardiff, this time Mark Hudson’s glancing header drifted just wide of the post.
16 mins: It’s all Cardiff at the moment here, Blackpool haven’t started so far this afternoon.
16 mins: Kenny Miller misses a HUGE chance for Cardiff. He raced away from the Blackpool back four and hit the side netting with only Gilks to beat.
14: Another decent chance for Cardiff. Anothony Gerrard heading over from a corner.
11 mins: Cardiff have started the brighter of the two sides. Another long range effort from the away side, this time Aron Gunnarsson fired over.
7 mins: First chance of the game falls to Peter Whittingham for Cardiff. He chested down a cross at the edge of the box and fired straigh at Gilks on the half-volley.
1 mins: Great atmosphere in Bloomfield Road this afternoon. Cardiff fans making plenty of noise.
0 mins: Cardiff, playing in their away kit of white shirts and blue shorts, kick-off.
2:59pm: The teams are out, another sell-out at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
2pm: The game has just been declared on after a downpour of rain left standing water on the pitch.
Good effort from the ground staff to get the game on.
Ian Holloway has named an unchanged side to the team that beat Ipswich at Bloomfield Road last week.
Barry Ferguson has shaken off an hamstring strain to lead the side out as skipper.
Matt Hill continues at left-back and Stephen Crainey is named on the bench.
POOL: Gilks, Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Hill, Southern, Ferguson, Taylor-Fletcher, Ormerod, Clarke, Kevin Phillips
Subs: Hurst, Crainey, Sylvestre, Matt Phillips, Bogdanovic