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Eardley: We Always Looked Dangerous

Posted: Sat 05 Jan 2013
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Defender Pleased With Good Team Performance

Neal Eardley felt The Seasiders' performance at Craven Cottage was worthy of a replay at the very least, and had it not been for a brilliant goal from Giorgos Karagounis Blackpool would have booked their place in the fourth round.

The Greek international fired in a volley with ten minutes to go to cancel out Ludovic Sylvestre's earlier strike and ensure that a the teams would have to do battle at Bloomfield Road to settle the outcome of the tie.

"With it being Premier League opposition we knew that it was going to be a tough game and we just wanted to come here and express ourselves and enjoy it," said Eardley.

"We did that but unfortunately they've ended up scoring a worldy to be fair and that's why we've drawn the game.

"I thought we did well today and we're still in the cup and we've got a chance to bring them back to Bloomfield now and I'm sure they're looking forward to playing there."

The Seasiders looked comfortable for large parts of the game and nullified Fulham's threats well whilst looking dangerous on the break.

Eardley believes the discipline and structure of the side played a huge part in why Blackpool looked so strong in the game.

"I thought we started ok. We were giving it away a bit cheaply and we just needed to settle down and once we did that we did well. 

"There were a couple of times when we went forward we looked dangerous and obviously in the second-half we got the goal and we know then that they are going to come at us and put us under pressure."

Blackpool's goal was taken fantastically well by Sylvestre but the Eardley said he was not surprised to see the ball hit the back of the net once the Frenchman ran onto Nathan Delfouneso's pass.
 
"It was a great finish. Ludo is very capable of that and he's done well these past couple of games he's been back in the side so fair play to him. 

"I think Nathan Delfouneso held it up well and laid it off to him just nicely and he took it well. He does that all the time in training."