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Appleton Content With Point

10 November 2012

New Manager Pleased With Character Shown

Michael Appleton was 'reasonably happy' with a point in his first game in charge at Blackpool after The Seasiders came from behind twice to grab a 2-2 draw.

Bolton took the lead through Mark Davies, but their lead only lasted a couple of minutes before Thomas Ince fired in a sublime equaliser, cutting in off the right flank.

Chung-Yong Lee made it 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining only for Nathan Delfouneso to score a deserved leveller with just nine minutes to go.

"I suppose after going behind twice I've got to be reasonably happy with coming away with a point. I thought we probably did enough to win the game if I'm being honest, in terms of the chances that were in the game," said Appleton.

"It was a local derby, a feisty affair and I'm sure both sets of fans will be going away reasonably happy."

The new manager is now looking forward to having a whole week on the training ground, where he is looking to make things more intense.

"I said to the boys after the game that if there was probably one criticism that I could have laid on them it is that we didn't look fit enough, so that's certainly one thing that I will be looking to improve.

"We just looked too stretched towards the end of the game, in terms of both teams look stretched. It looked like an under 10s game at times, where it was one team that attacked and then the next team attacked," said the manager.

"It's fantastic for the fans and the neutral but for us on the side it's a heart-breaker at times."

Gary Taylor-Fletcher had to be replaced at half-time by Delfouneso and Appleton is waiting on the diagnosis for the forward.

"He's pulled his hamstring. We're not sure how bad it is. Obviously once it settles down we will get him scanned and see how bad the damage is on his hamstring.

"It's a bit of a shame because Fletch is important to us but Nathan came on, took his opportunity and he's offered us something a little bit different and got his goal."

The 36-year-old was delighted with the character and effort of his players and believes in the quality of the squad, but admits the squad is too big at the minute.

That will be something Appleton looks at over the coming weeks. As for today he admitted he was shocked by the reception that the fans gave him when he walked out prior to kick-off.  

"It was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised if I'm being honest! 

"I was shocked to be fair but I'm not really into that limelight stuff. I like keeping myself to myself, working hard and letting the players take all the limelight if they deserve it," added Appleton.

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