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Rae: Difficult To Take

Posted: Sat 26 Oct 2013
Author: Mark Ridgway

Rae's Views After The Blackburn Draw

A last minute Blackburn Rovers equaliser meant Alex Rae would leave Bloomfield Road with mixed emotions on Saturday.

Steve Davies’ own goal gifted the visitors a point, before that The Seasiders looked on course for a second successive victory whilst under Rae’s control.

Tom Ince and Dan Gosling were on target for the hosts, but deflation surrounded the Blackpool camp by full time.

“It’s difficult to take in the dying seconds. In terms of a point you take what you get, but we’re usually so resolute. To lose in the manner we did is disappointing, but in terms of application and team spirit we can’t ask for anymore,” said Rae. 

“I thought we were very comfortable, we dealt with everything they threw at us. The disappointing thing from our point of view is we’ve conceded from two set plays.

“It’s uncharacteristic from us, and it does feel slightly like a defeat, but we need to dust ourselves down, because we’re not losing many games.”

With Blackpool leading 2-1 as the game entered the final ten minutes, a late DJ Campbell challenge sparked a mass brawl which involved the majority of players.

The result, a red card apiece, with Campbell and Jack Robinson being sent for an early bath, and Rae feels that did impact the final moments.

“He’s lost control DJ, coming back to Blackpool he’s lost his way a bit, and we’re disappointed because we did lose all rhythm at that stage.

“There are a lot of players coming together, from my point of view if the opposition are coming in I want my players to stand up and be counted for. You don’t obviously want punches and head butts, but obviously you want people to be controlled.

“The young boy (Robinson) doesn’t need to get involved, you let the referee do that. I’ve done it myself, it is OK me standing here, but that will be a learning curve for Jack, because he is a talented kid.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the result, but in terms of desire the boys bring to the table and the togetherness speaks volumes for them,” said Rae.