Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones felt striker Steve Howard deserved a goal but was more than happy to take a point from Blackpool to aid the fight against relegation.

Neither side could find a goal at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool coming closest as Tom Ince was denied in a one-on-one by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and Kirk Broadfoot heading a corner against the bar in the second-half.

The Owls found Matt Gilks in fine form in the Blackpool goal as he denied Jermaine Johnson, who was making his 200th career league start, early on and then substitute Chris McGuire at the death.

But it was hard-working veteran frontman Howard who caught Jones' eye as his side continued their fight against the drop.

"The big man [Steve] was superb, he's run himself into the ground on a pitch like that and he deserves all the credit," said Jones, whose side sit three points off the relegation zone.

"I asked him to do a job and he did exactly that. He won his headers, he ran his socks off and with JJ [Johnson] playing alongside him, we caused them problems. We could have had three goals in the first five minutes but the game settled down and the goalkeepers haven't had a lot to do.

"But listen, I am pleased with all of them. We will keep battling on, picking up points and we have another massive game on Saturday. We know we are not safe yet but we will be doing everything in our power to get out of trouble as soon as we possibly can."

The draw means Blackpool are unbeaten in five games but with the Seasiders just four points off the drop manager Paul Ince is urging his troops to keep the momentum going.

"I think on the balance of play it could have gone either way," said Paul Ince. "Gilks had two saves to make and Thomas [Ince] should have scored.

"They got a chance right at the last minute but on the possession and stats we were by far the better side. At the end of the day we haven't got beat, it's another point and another building block before we face Brighton on Saturday."