Blackpool 1 Notts County 1

Last updated : 30 November 2002 By Footymad Previewer

Injury ravaged Blackpool and Notts County showed a lack of strength in depth during a poor game which ended all square at Bloomfield Road.

Steve McMahon was forced to give debuts to Australian keeper Michael Theoklitos and on-loan Middlesbrough youngster Phil Gulliver, while County included two YTS trainees on the bench,.

The game was a scrappy affair, played in wet and windy conditions by the seaside and quality on the ball was in short supply.

The home side played the better football and took the lead on 21 minutes when a Richie Wellens free-kick was played out to Martin Bullock who put in a high quality cross for Chris Clarke score his first goal of the season, with a close range header at the far post.

The Magpies could have equalised when Paul Heffeman shot wide after latching on to a misplaced clearance by Theoklitos.

The debutant keeper also gave the visitors a half chance when he dropped a corner at the feet of John Ashton, but the former Football Kingz shot stopper recovered well and Ashton shot wide.

In the second half the Seasiders could have gone further ahead with Scott Taylor seeing his effort saved well at the near post by Steve Mildenhall.

However Blackpool’s hopes of victory were dented after 71 minutes when a free-kick on the edge of the area was superbly curled over the wall and into the top right hand corner by the experienced Ian Baraclough.

Blackpool boss Steve McMahon said afterwards: "I'm bitterly disappointed, it was a poor overall performance. I had hoped that this was going to be one of those games where we ground out a one nil victory, but the one goal lead is never enough.” His Notts County counterpart, Billy Dearden said: "Our players had a point to prove today but our away form has been fine this season and young Francis did well when he got put in after the injury.”