01 April 2024

Blackpool’s fading play-off push dealt a blow with Wycombe stalemate

01 April 2024

Blackpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Wycombe as the Seasiders’ League One play-off hopes suffered a blow.

The hosts had several chances to win the game but were unable to convert any as the stalemate left them six points off the top six with five games to play.

Blackpool confirmed after the match that Wanderers defender Chris Forino had reported receiving racist abuse from a home supporter, and that the Seasiders would “work with Wycombe to help identify the individual responsible”.

CJ Hamilton found space down the left early on, but Shayne Lavery could not get on the end of his cross.

Matty Virtue and Sonny Carey both took aim but were denied by Wycombe goalkeeper Franco Ravizzoli.

It continued to be one way traffic until half-time, with Carey and Matthew Pennington firing just wide.

Wycombe improved at the start of the second half, prompting Pool boss Neil Critchley to make a triple substitution in the 63rd minute as Karamoko Dembele, Jake Beesley and George Byers entered the action.

The trio had little impact initially and the visitors should have taken the lead through their substitute Sam Vokes, who volleyed over from close range.

Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel and Beesley then forced good saves from Ravizzoli, and Kylian Kouassi headed just over as Blackpool searched desperately for a late winner which failed to arrive.

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