SIMON Grayson had warned Blackpool they would be in for a fight at Bolton – and was proved entirely correct.

The pre-match message at Bloomfield Road had been one of caution towards a Wanderers side who had shown serious signs of progression in recent weeks.

Chances were few and far between on the night, though ex-Bolton winger Liam Feeney perhaps came closest after his angled shot glanced the crossbar in the first half.

Grayson was a little frustrated that the Seasiders had not created more but said taking a point away from the UniBol was not a bad return.

“I think you only have to look at Bolton’s results recently – drew with Oxford, drew with Sunderland and then got narrowly beaten by Portsmouth, and they really should have won that game when we watched the clips back,” he said.

“They have got some good experienced players, Keith (Hill) has recruited really well.

“It has been a tough few months for them because nobody really knew what was happening with them but they came though it and they were certainly a different proposition tonight than they were a month or two ago when really it was a given that teams were going to get three points from them.”

Blackpool moved level with third-placed Fleetwood on 20 points after failing to score for only the third time this season.

Speaking after the game, Grayson admitted his only frustration on the night had been in the attacking third.

“We said to the players before the game this will be the hardest game that we’ve had this season because of what they’re trying to build here and the results they’ve had,” he said.

“We were never going to underestimate them.

“We would have loved to have played them a month ago because teams in and around us have had a free hit as such.

“But we’ve done a lot of good things tonight, but the most important thing is to score goals and we didn’t do enough or ask enough questions.”