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Appleton Delighted With Win

Posted: Sat 15 Dec 2012
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Manager Pleased To Get First Clean Sheet

Michael Appleton was delighted with his side's 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers and was particularly happy to see his side collect their first clean sheet since he took over.

Headed goals from Wes Thomas and Kirk Broadfoot gave The Seasiders their first home win since 18 September when they beat Middlesbrough 4-1.

"I'm obviously delighted and I've just said to the players at the end that I thought we played very well in the second-half especially, but the biggest thing I'm delighted with was the clean sheet.

"We had numerous opportunities in the second-half. I thought the first-half was a close affair with both teams having opportunities but I thought we were very dominant in the second-half."

Being more resolute as a defensive unit was something that Appleton was looking to improve as soon as he took over and he had plenty of praise for his defenders and also his goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

"I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding today apart from the first fifteen minutes where they got mixed up with long clearances.

"There may be occasions between now and the end of the season where he (Gilks) doesn't have a lot to do but he might have to make one big save for us and the only way you do that is by keeping your concentration and staying focused."

The manager decided to change a couple of things after seeing Blackburn's Colin Kazim-Richards enjoy plenty of the ball in the opening period.
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"We changed it after about 15 or 20 minutes because they were clipping little balls into Kazim-Richards and he was getting hold of it and being comfortable with it. 

"We switched Isaiah and Angel around and pushed Angel a little further up the pitch to make contact with Etuhu and obviously that gave Isaiah the chance to go and break up play and he did that very well." 

The Seasiders got the first goal shortly after making the changes and it remained 1-0 until the 81st minute when Kirk Broadfoot powered home a header from a Tiago Gomes corner.

Blackpool don't score many from set-pieces and Appleton was more than happy to see a training ground move come off on the pitch.

"I've said to them that I don't care if you're 5'8" or 6'4", if you attack the ball correctly and look to get away from your man then you're going to give yourself an opportunity. Yes, you need the quality of the ball to be right and luckily that was today."