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Bloomfield Road (ATT 13,845) 16th April 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: K Wright

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Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday pulled closer to the Championship relegation zone

Last Updated: 19/04/13 12:21pm

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Chris Kirkland: Had very little to do

Chris Kirkland: Had very little to do

Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday were pulled one point closer to the Championship relegation zone as they played out a drab 0-0 draw at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday.

Jermaine Johnson forced Matt Gilks into an early save when he latched onto the end of a Steve Howard cross with a volley inside the opening minute, but the Blackpool goalkeeper was equal to it.

Gilks needed to be alert once again just a few minutes later, as Johnson capitalised on some lax defending to surge into the penalty area, only to see his shot tipped around a post.

The hosts continued to invite pressure with their questionable defending - Giles Coke the next to drill a fizzing effort from 25 yards, but Gilks once again came to the rescue.

As their goalkeeper performed heroics at one end of the pitch, Blackpool struggled to settle at the other, with chances few and far between for the Seasiders in the opening stages.

Tom Ince tried to force the issue after 19 minutes when he sent a left-footed effort wide of the right post from 20 yards.

Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was called into action for the first time shortly after, as he dived to stop a Ludovic Sylvestre effort from distance.

Despite being under-utilised in the opening 20 minutes, Kirkland showed no ill-effects as he came to the fore again to tip a close-range effort from Ince around a post.

A furious Johnson felt he was stamped on by Stephen Crainey 10 minutes before the break, but it was the Wednesday man who went into the book for his overzealous protests.

The hosts went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock shortly after half-time as Kirk Broadfoot headed against the crossbar from an Ince corner.

Kirkland had to wait until the 86th minute to be called upon to make a save in a second half largely void of goalscoring opportunities, with Gilks' first action coming in stoppage time as he parried a late Chris Maguire shot.

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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23