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Appleton: First-Half Cost Us

Posted: Sat 29 Dec 2012
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Manager On Middlesbrough Loss

Michael Appleton bemoaned Blackpool's first-half performance as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat at Middlesbrough. 

Having conceded two goals inside 36 minutes at The Riverside Stadium, The Seasiders were faced with an uphill battle that they failed to overcome.  

"The first-half was definitely the poorest half of football since I've been at the football club," the manager admitted. "We didn't get going, didn't get started and we paid the price by conceding the two goals, which left us with a mountain to climb. 

"We tried to get as many goalscorers and as many attackers on the pitch as we possibly could, against a side who would be open like Middlesbrough because they play some good football themselves. For whatever reason it just didn't work.   

"We knew that we had to improve in the second-half, it was a gimme and it was important that we did do. I thought we did and we were a fantastic save from a penalty from walking away with a point."

Attentions now turn to a New Year's Day fixture against high-flying Hull, a game that the manager hopes that the players will relish.  

"It's probably the best game that we could have. It's in front of our own fans and it's obviously against a team that are flying. Hopefully we react properly and in the right way to it," he added.