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Appleton: I Didn't See Them Scoring

Posted: Sat 17 Nov 2012
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Manager Left To Rue Missed Chances

Michael Appleton was once again pleased with the character and spirit his side showed but was ultimately left disappointed to only come away with a point from Ashton Gate, despite being 1-0 down going into stoppage time.

Thomas Ince's 90th minute penalty earned The Seasiders a point after they fell behind through Steven Davies' spot-kick, nine minutes from time.

Appleton was left to rue missed chances, meaning he is still yet to taste victory or defeat as Blackpool boss.

"I just didn't see them scoring a goal all day. I think we could have probably been here for a couple of weeks and I couldn't see them scoring a goal," said Appleton.

"We are disappointed with the penalty for them. I then thought we got a deserved penalty to get back into it and take a point.

"It would have been a travesty if we didn't because we created some wonderful opportunities but we just weren't able to take them."

Just like last week against Bolton, The Seasiders fell behind and had to fight back in order to earn a point.

"I think the biggest thing from my point of view is that two weeks on the trot we have dealt with disappointment really well and got ourselves back into the game, which is all credit to the players.

"Nathan's tenacity and willing to keep going got us a decision that we probably deserved.

"I think I've got to say to the players that you don't create opportunities like we did at the end of the game if you are not fit and I think we are already showing signs of our fitness improving and getting bigger and stronger the later the games goes on."

Plenty of chances came and went for Blackpool and an inspired display from Tom Heaton in the Bristol City goal coupled with some poor finishing meant The Seasiders struggled to make the breakthrough.

"I said that to the players that we need to be more clinical because the first goal is crucial and you will probably hear me say that after every single game between now and the end of the season. 

"I think with a side like us we can be really dangerous if we do get that first goal and make teams to come on and play against us and that's when I think we can really open them up.

"We've certainly created enough opportunities in the game to win it comfortably. I'd obviously like to see us take those opportunities to make my life and everyone elses life a lot easier."

Blackpool now have back-to-back home games against Watford and Birmingham coming up and Appleton will be hoping his side can start to convert more of their chances in order to turn draws into wins.