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Eardley: We Will Be Stronger

7 May 2013

Defender On Season Finale

Neal Eardley was handed his first start in nine games in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bolton and the full-back made a good impression in the absence of captain Alex Baptiste.

The 24-year-old put in a typically energetic performance down the right wing and teed up Ludovic Sylvestre who calmly dispatched his measured cross for The Seasiders' second goal.

A draw may have been viewed by some as a good result at the Reebok Stadium, but Eardley was disappointed to not leave with all three after being two goals to the good.

"We obviously wanted to go about our business and stay professional," said the defender.

"If it wasn't for three slack minutes where we just switched off and gave away two sloppy goals we might have got all three points. They were always going to be at it as they had a lot at stake so we will take the point and move on from that.

"We started really well and if it wasn't for a bit of sloppiness from our point of view we would have been going in 2-0 up and the second-half might have been a different ball game. The two goals they got were poor from our perspective and we need to learn from that."

If Bolton's goals were sloppy Blackpool's strikes were the complete opposite. Matt Phillips combined well with Sylvestre and Gary Taylor-Fletcher before smashing the ball home, while Sylvestre's side-footed volley was made to look effortless.

"They were two good goals. Matty had a couple of chances before his goal where he felt he should have done better, but to be fair to him he took his goal well. 

"As for Ludo's goal I couldn't have done much more for him, I put it on a plate for him! I'm joking really, he took it well!"

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