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This was hardly one for the purists. Indeed, on a superbly sunny seaside afternoon the nearby beach arguably held more attraction than this dour encounter that provided Blackpool’s first home scoreless draw in two years.

While the home side continued to fight relentlessly to regain their Premier League status, the curtain is slowly coming down on the Lancashire coast resort’s biggest ever footballing attraction.

Blackpool rarely looked like snapping the stubborn resistance of FA Cup finalists Stoke City, who secured their position at the top with a midweek victory over Wolves, and the point taken at Bloomfield Road leaves them on course for a possible top 10 finish.

There was little to choose between either side in a first half that was full of urgency and endeavour, but one that offered little in the way of enterprising football.

Blackpool’s early enterprise saw Charlie Adam and Stephen Crainey link effectively, only for DJ Campbell to produce some poor finishing.

Matt Phillips also revealed a weak finishing touch before Stoke found a more positive response although they, too, displayed little in the way of quality in the final third.

A trademark Rory Delap throw-in from the left provided a suitable platform for the visitors, but Robert Huth saw his drive adequately cleared by Crainey.

Kenwyne Jones and Delap traded passes only for the cross from the right to deflect off Alex Baptiste.

Ian Evatt tackled effectively to deny Jones who, in added time, scorned the clearest cut chance so far. Glenn Whelan provided a through ball that put Jones in the clear, he rounded the home goalkeeper Matthew Gilks and as Evatt slipped he shot wretchedly wide.

The second half was not much better. Keith Southern and David Vaughan, again Blackpool’s most effective player, both failed to hit the target, while at the other end Huth had a drive blocked, Evatt again provided stern defensive cover to deny visiting substitute John Carew and Whelan delivered a late, powerful long-range effort that was narrowly wide.

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