Blackpool 0 Hull City 0: Tigers stay second in Championship
Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and his Blackpool counterpart Matt Gilks earned their sides a share of the points with crucial second-half saves in a game of few chances at Bloomfield Road.
Gilks pulled off a flying save to keep out David Meyler’s goalbound shot in the 60th minute, before Jakupovic dived at full stretch to turn away a vicious 25-yard effort from Thomas Ince in the 85th minute.
Jakupovic then made another fine save in the second minute of added time to keep out Seasiders’ substitute Nathan Delfouneso and ensure City stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches.
The Tigers remain second in the table, now seven points behind Cardiff and two ahead of Crystal Palace.
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Steve Bruce's side were defensively solid in testing conditions but lacked a cutting edge going forward.
Liam Rosenior, replacing the injured Ahmed Elmohamady, was the only change to the line-up that beat Leeds.
Neither team could fashion a chance worthy of note in the first 20 minutes save for Meyler, who dragged an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area off target.
The Tigers threatened again in the 22nd minute when Sone Aluko flashed a 25-yard shot wide.
It was not until the 29th minute that Blackpool’s coveted winger Ince fired his side’s first shot on goal straight at Jakupovic.
The Seasiders enjoyed their best spell from the half-hour mark, with striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince both prominent, but failed to test Jakupovic again before the half-time whistle.
Bruce replaced Aluko and Robert Koren at half-time, bringing on Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson.
The latter was straight into the action when his header from Rosenior’s cross forced Gilks into a smart save 90 seconds after the restart.
Gilks then held Robbie Brady’s 20-yard free-kick as the Tigers went in search of the breakthrough.
Meyler went closest to the game’s opening goal with a superb strike in the 60th minute that prompted a spectacular save from Gilks, whose outstretched arm turned the goalbound shot away for a corner.
Blackpool were dealt a blow soon after when striker Wes Thomas was forced off injured and replaced by Delfouneso, before Sylvestre had a rare shot on goal, firing an angled drive just wide.
The game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter when Blackpool defender Chris Basham fired a 25-yard effort over the crossbar.
At the other end, Corry Evans spurned a gilt-edged chance when he failed to keep his shot from inside the area on target.
Jakupovic flung himself at Ince’s 25-yard shot in the closing stages to push the ball away to safety, before Delfouneso blazed over the crossbar from inside the area in stoppage time.