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Halliday: Must Be Hard To Beat

Posted: Mon 17 Mar 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Winger taking the positives from Saturday

Despite the defeat at Leicester City on Saturday, Blackpool’s Andy Halliday plans to take the positives from the 3-1 loss.

Having played at the back in recent weeks, the Scot returned to midfield for the trip to the King Power Stadium, and put in a solid display.

And with The Seasiders leading at the break, Halliday’s optimism isn’t misplaced, despite eventually falling at the league leaders.

“We got the goal and it was something to hold onto, and we had a couple of chances at 1-0, like Goody’s one at the front post, if that went in it might have been a different story. It was a game we could have won, but it wasn’t to be,” said Halliday.

“At the end of the day I thought we came here with a game plan, we did well for the hour and restricted them.

“They started quite quickly and we had to address that because our shape wasn’t what is should have been for the first ten minutes. But we gradually came into it and had more of the ball. 

“I think we were very organised and we made it hard for Leicester, but they’re a good team, they’re top of the league for a reason and created quite a few chances. We rode our luck for quite a bit, but obviously that came to an end when they got a couple of goals, which is disappointing.”

Since his arrival from Middlesbrough in January, Halliday has been a regular, and was employed on the right wing on Saturday.

And despite coming off with around 20 minutes left with cramp, the 22-year-old admits Pool are benefiting from a slight change of tactics in recent weeks.

“When I first came here for the first few games we were playing nice attacking football, but were coming away with nothing. 

“We’ve said to ourselves that we need to be harder to beat, obviously on Tuesday that was evident when we managed to get the 1-0 win and today that was evident for an hour. We had to come here with a different game plan, but it shows we have a plan B up our sleeves. 

“There are certainly positives to take out of the game which we can take into next Saturday. The performances since I’ve been here have merited more than we’ve got, but it’s only us who can put that right. 

“We have a quality squad, you look at the bench and there are top class experienced players. I’m really enjoying myself, I’ve said that since the moment I came here, and long may that continue,” said Halliday.