Fleetwood 0 Blackpool 0

Steven Pressley and Neil McDonald
Steven Pressley and Neil McDonald
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Blackpool and Fleetwood’s relegation battle will go right to the wire after a dull draw at Highbury today.

In a scrappy and even affair neither side could find the breakthrough on an afternoon where wins for Shrewsbury and Doncaster piled the pressure on the Fylde’s two sides.

Fleetwood now know if they can win their remaining two games they’ll stay up, while Blackpool will have to rely on others losing if they are to avoid back-to-back relegations.

It was the home side who started the brightest, dominating the opening exchanges, without really creating any clear-cut chances.

Blackpool finally came into it on the half-hour mark and thought they’d grabbed a vital goal when Danny Philliskirk tapped home from two yards, only for the linesman’s flag to be raised. He finished Jim McAlister’s goal wards effort on the line, replays suggest it was a correct decision.

Antoni Sarcevic had a couple of decent long-range efforts while Bobby Grant went closest for Fleetwood before the break.

In the second half it was Blackpool who looked the better of the two sides, but that wasn’t saying much.

As nerves took over it turned into a scrappy affair, with Jimmy Ryan rattling the bar from 20 yards for Steven Pressley’s men.

In the end neither side could find a breakthrough during a bit of a disappointing game.

Both now have two games to save their seasons, it’s going to be tight.