Bolton Wanderers maintained the better share of possession early on before Blackpool found their feet and started peppering the goal from distance. It was all relatively comfortable for Wanderers in the first 20 minutes.
It was the whites who would take the lead first, the first time they've scored the opening goal in the short reign of Dougie Freedman. Martin Petrov did all the hard work for Bolton's opener who spotted the run of Chris Eagles into the box. Petrov played a good incisive ball but it was deflected and fell kindly to Mark Davies on the edge of the six yard box. The midfielder's shot went low and to the right of Matt Gilks for Bolton to lead.
The advantage wouldn't last long though as Blackpool equalized just 60 seconds later. The Tangerines' young danger man, Thomas Ince, was the one that did the business with a very good strike from the edge of the penalty area.