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Appleton: Bitter Pill To Swallow

21 December 2012

Manager Disappointed By Missed Chances

Michael Appleton tasted defeat for the first time as Blackpool boss as his side went down 2-1 at home to Wolves in a game that The Seasiders dominated for long periods.

The visitors were under the cosh for large periods but an inspired performance from Wolves' goalkeeper Carl Ikeme meant Blackpool left frustrated.

"It's a bitter pill to swallow to be fair," said Appleton. "The stats will say we lost the game but I think ultimately when I look back at the game I don't think I can get too disappointed other than with the first couple of minutes of the game where we were caught on the back foot a little bit and we never started well enough."

The Seasiders found themselves 1-0 down inside three minutes and despite having many chances to get level they fell further behind in the 72nd minute after Chris Basham was adjudged to have fouled Bakary Sako.

Blackpool had enough chances in the match though and Appleton was left frustrated by a number of missed opportunities. 

"There's a fine line in games and it can be the difference between winning a losing at times. We take it we move on and we can't feel sorry for ourselves as there's another game around the corner at Huddersfield.

"I think from a performance point of view I'm more than happy with it. We created numerous opportunities in the first-half but just couldn't finish them off.

"We're not talking about half-chances. We're talking about massive opportunities that we've not taken but I think first goals are crucial in any game of football but when you get yourselves opportunities to get yourselves back in the game you've got to take them.

Tricky games lie ahead and Appleton won't let any disappointment linger in the minds of the players as they travel to Huddersfield on Boxing Day.

"We've got three big games coming up so there's no time to dwell on things, we've got to move on very very quickly and look forward to the next game.

"The lads will be in early doors Christmas day morning and we'll do a short, sharp session and let them get back to their families."

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