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Appleton: We Could Have Won It

Posted: Sat 08 Dec 2012
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Manager Aiming To Be More Clinical

Michael Appleton was extremely pleased with his side's performance as they fought back from 2-1 down to grab a point at second-place Crystal Palace.

The result means it is seven games unbeaten for The Seasiders and six without defeat for the new manager since he took over at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool took a 1-0 lead into the interval and due to the nature of the first period Appleton was disappointed to to be only one goal ahead.

"I think from our point of view we're probably a little bit disappointed that we didn't take the opportunities that came in the first-half, which could have and probably should have finished them off in that first-half," said Appleton.

"It ended up being an entertaining game and I think a decent result in the end."

The first-half was as dominant as Blackpool had been all season and the Pool boss admitted that he had made it clear to his players that he wanted his team to start firmly on the front foot.

"We knew that if we started well in the game that we would give ourselves a chance and we tried to play the game in their half and get the ball to our strikers as quick as we could and go and play off them.

"I thought we played some really good stuff with some really good interchange play in and around the edge of the box and we got in time and time again but we just weren't clinical enough and that's what we need to make sure we work on over and over again.

"I think one of the things we talked about before the game is that in football, when you've been in front in a game and you concede two reasonably quick goals, it's important to stay in the game and I think we did that really, really well today.

"We could have easily lost a third but we stayed in it and at 2-1 we knew we would have a spell to get back into it and I think just before we got the equaliser and then when we got the equaliser there was only going to be one winner."

Just like last week at Peterborough, Nouha Dicko came off the bench to score an important goal and the Frenchman's celebration is one that will live long in the memory.

The striker ran the full length of the field to celebrate with the Blackpool fans, earning himself a yellow card in the process for taking off his shirt and running into the crowd.

"I've never seen him move so quick! Maybe he's quicker than what I thought he was," joked Appleton.

"Obviously he's made a little bit of a habit of that over the past couple of weeks; two very similar goals getting across players in the box.

"He took his goal well and I think he enjoyed it. I think he must have run about 70 or 80 yards to the Blackpool fans and celebrated.

"I've got to say it's some fantastic play leading up to it from Wes Thomas, who I thought was outstanding again today."

Two other good performers were Alex Baptiste and Kirk Broadfoot who swapped positions for today's game with the latter playing at centre-half and the captain moving to right-back and Appleton was happy with both players' displays.

"Apart from the two goals we conceded I thought it worked really well. 

"I thought Kirk was very good in the middle of defence with Cathcart and I thought Baps was outstanding at right-back. He defended well and gave us an attacking threat in possession.

"We've come to a side in the top two and played ever so well and probably should have won the game."