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Appleton Delighted With Display

5 January 2013

Manager On FA Cup Performance

Michael Appleton was delighted with Blackpool's FA Cup display at Fulham and told the players not to be 'too disheartened' about the goal they conceded. 

Some determined defending and fluid counter-attacking looked set to earn Blackpool a place in the fourth round, yet Giorgos Karagounis cancelled out Ludovic Sylvestre's 60th minute strike. 

"It was a fantastic goal so the players can't be too disheartened, you don't really see those types of goals week in, week out. From our point of view we stood strong for long periods of time and it took an outrageous strike for them to get back into the game," the manager admitted.

Having done plenty of research on the opposition, the players were fully prepared for what the Premier League outfit had to offer. 

"We've been preparing for the last couple of days about how Fulham play. At times it's as if they play with no strikers, they flood the midfield and the wide players come in central areas. You're almost up against six central midfield players. They had players running off the ball with free roles. 

"We knew that we'd have to defend well today and I thought we did do. We defended really, really well and if we'd have been a bit more clinical then who knows, we may have been celebrating a victory," Appleton added.

A game between the sides at Bloomfield Road now beckons in 10 days time, with the draw for the fourth round on ITV from 3.30pm tomorrow (Sunday).

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