Every point counts, says Rae

A goal mouth scramble last night
A goal mouth scramble last night
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Alex Rae insists a point and a clean sheet represents a very good evening’s work for the Seasiders.

Blackpool were held by struggling Bolton to a 0-0 draw last night on a scrappy evening at Bloomfield Road.

After a promising first half which saw plenty of chances for Paul Ince’s men, it was defenders who won the day in the second half resulting in a stalemate.

But Pool’s assistant boss says the ability to clean sheets is a real bonus.

“The most pleasing thing for me and the manager is that we got back to a clean sheet,” he said.

“We pride ourselves on that. Clean sheets give us a real foundation to build on.

“It was one of those nights where we huffed and puffed, but it’s another point towards where we want to get to.

“Some of the defending from our boys tonight was tremendous.

“Gillo (Matt Gilks) made a brilliant save and Gary 
MacKenzie threw himself at the follow-up to put it past the post.

“They are the ones that make our job all the more pleasing.

“It was a hard fought encounter.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, Bolton have a real rich squad of players.

“If you looked at their bench last night they have top players there.”

The results sees Blackpool maintain their unbeaten start to the season at Bloomfield Road and means they’ve lost only one of their first ten games.

They have moved back into the Championship’s play-off places and sit four points behind leaders Burnley.

Rae added: “One of the things we’ve brought in here is that if we don’t win games, we don’t get beat.

“That’s the way forward for us, we don’t want to lose and particularly not at home.

“The more games we can continue to tick off points then we can keep our momentum going.

“Both teams had a few chances, overall I think a point was a fair one.

“We went for Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne in midfield and they are much more than battlers. They got around the pitch well and did a very good job.

“We tried to chase it by bringing Chopra on but it wasn’t to be.”

With back-up keeper Mark Halstead injured, Pool were forced to register 39-year-old goalkeeper coach Tony Warner as a player and name him on the bench.

“Big Tony was playing up until last year,” Rae explained.

“We put him on the bench as cover after Mark’s injury.

“He joins in a lot of the training sessions anyway so he’s in good condition.

“We have no reservations at all about throwing him in.”