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Appleton: Frustrating Afternoon

Posted: Thu 27 Dec 2012
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Manager Reflects On 1-1 Draw With Huddersfield

Michael Appleton was left extremely frustrated to only be leaving the John Smith's Stadium with a point on Boxing Day, despite grabbing an injury-time leveller through substitute Nathan Delfouneso.

The Seasiders created chance after chance but were unable to find the breakthrough and when Anthony Gerrard headed home a corner for the home side it meant Blackpool had to come from behind again.

"To say that was a frustrating afternoon is probably the biggest understatement I will ever use in an interview after a game of football," said Appleton.

"I think we could have been and probably should have been six up after 20 minutes but we need to be more clinical.

"That's probably as angry as I've been after a game and we just scored in the 94th minute. I wasn't angry about the performance as I thought the performance was outstanding in the first-half and I thought it was good in the second-half.

"I was disappointed to a lose a goal in the way that we did but delighted with the way the lads showed character to keep going."

Blackpool enjoyed the majority of the possession and created plenty of chances but had nothing to show for it until Delfouneso struck in stoppage time, which ultimately secured a point.

"Going into injury-time at the end of the game you thinking to yourself 'is it another Wolves scenario?' where you create numerous opportunities and have nothing to show from it.

"I think there was a few of them over-enjoying the game, as daft as that may sound, in the first-half. I thought we got a bit sloppy at times and tried to many flicks and step-overs. I wanted us to get the first goal so we could then go and enjoy the game in the last ten minutes.

"At the end of the day the difference is if we keep a clean sheet we win the game 1-0 in the 94th minute, it's a simple as that."

Delfouneso is not the only substitute who has made a difference for Appleton with Nouha Dicko and Isaiah Osbourne both scoring important goals after coming off the bench in the past couple of months and Appleton is delighted to have players who can make an impact.

"I knew that there was great spirit in the dressing room and we've shown that numerous times over the last couple of months. I think the players coming off the bench are starting to make a mark as well.

"We're very fortunate that substitutes have come on and scored goals at critical times for us, which has been a bonus."