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Appleton: Point Was Deserved

Posted: Sat 24 Nov 2012
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Manager Delighted With Second-Half Showing

Manager Michael Appleton was delighted with Blackpool’s second-half performance against Watford, after The Seasiders came back from two goals down. 

Plenty of spirit and character was once again on display at Bloomfield Road, with Isaiah Osbourne levelling matters in injury time. 

Appleton’s decision to bring the midfielder on as a second-half substitute saw Pool take control of the midfield battle and exert plenty of pressure. 

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and we probably had 90 per cent of the possession in the second-half,” the manager said. “We thoroughly got the point that we deserved. 

“We changed the shape second-half and went with two holding midfield players, albeit Bash did help and support the front players a little bit more than he has done in recent weeks. We pushed our full-backs a little bit high and wide and that just gave us a few more options, allowing the wide players to come off the line and join in with Kev and Wes. It worked out well for us.”

The one disappointing aspect of the game was that the players once again had to come from behind to get something, with the first Watford goal the most concerning. 

“That’s the biggest challenge that we need to sort out very, very quickly. It’s one thing to lose a goal but it’s the manner that you lose a goal. We spent all week defending counter attacks because we knew that’s how Watford play, they defend to counter. 

“The second-half performance was probably as good as what I’ve been involved in, in terms of teams over the last 12 months or so. It’s just a pity we didn’t start the game that way,” he added.

The Seasiders will now have a couple of days to recover before taking to the field again against Birmingham City on Tuesday night.