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Appleton Pleased With Clean Sheet

Posted: Tue 01 Jan 2013
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Manager Admits Surface Played A Huge Part

Michael Appleton was forced to settle for a New Year's Day point after witnessing a game of very few chances against Hull City.

Both sides struggled to muster up any real clear-cut chances and the Blackpool boss believes the conditions played a huge part in what was a frustrating afternoon. 

"I think when you weigh up the game you will see that there wasn't a lot of chances for both sides," said Appleton. 

"It was a scrappy game at times but I think it was a game where both sides tried to play on what was obviously a shocking surface.

"I said to the lads it's good to keep a clean sheet. I thought we looked solid against a side that has won five out their last six games and who are riding high at the top of the division. 

"We never really looked in danger of conceding a goal, which was pleasing so if we get the balance right we can't be that far away from it."

The pitch played a huge part in making the game a scrappy affair in which both sides struggled to create opportunities but Appleton admits it is something that the players are going to have to get used to.

"It was a difficult game to play in because of the surface and that's not an excuse, it was there for everybody to see. 

"I know they weren't happy with the surface but they only have to play on it once a season, where we have to play on it every other week.

"From our point of view it makes it difficult to pass the ball as well as we want to, although I felt we did and we kept trying to. But my biggest concern at the minute is with players losing their footing and I'm worried there is going to be a few injuries.

"I don't want to be standing here making excuses but there is a saying in the dressing room at the minute with the lads that every now and again we get a little googly, or a little Shane Warne delivery!"

Although Blackpool failed to bowl over their opponents Appleton is hopeful that his side will start to produce again soon despite the surface.

"It can make the best players look embarrassing at times.

"It was one of those afternoons where I can't really remember a clear-cut chance in the whole game for both teams. If the pitch doesn't change my answer to every one will be to get used to it because that is what it's going to be like."