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Rae Disappointed Not To Get All Three

23 November 2013

Assistant Boss On Birmingham Point

Alex Rae believes Blackpool can be disappointed not to have taken all three points from their encounter with Birmingham City at St Andrew's. 

The Seasiders' assistant boss felt the players were in a comfortable position once Ricardo Fuller cancelled out Jesse Lingard's opener.

"We actually feel disappointed that we never took the three points," he admitted. "I thought for maybe 20, 25 minutes into the game we were struggling to get to grips, and we were playing in the wrong areas and inviting trouble onto ourselves. 

"Once we got to grips with that, in the last 15 or 20 minutes in the first-half, I thought we were brilliant. Some of our counter-attacking stuff was really good.  

"I thought we kind of dominated the whole second-half, we were always on the front foot and we limited them to maybe two efforts in the dying seconds of the game. 

"From that point of view, to come to St Andrew's and have a lot of territory and opportunities is quite pleasing."

Two late and timely goal-line clearances from Tyler Blackett at the other end proved crucial, with the on loan left-back building on his previous appearance at Nottingham Forest. 

"He did OK. There are one or two aspects he can polish up on, but you've got to appreciate that he's just a young lad and he's learning his trade," Rae said. "He was up against one of the best wingers in the division in Chris Burke, and he kind of nullified him more or less throughout. In the main he did really well."

The game against Birmingham marked the last of a five-game stadium ban for manager Paul Ince, which means Rae can now resume normal matchday duties. 

"I've enjoyed it but I look forward to getting the gaffer back. When you get the gaffer and myself shouting orders then it gets a lot more potent. It obviously gets a bit more punch when the gaffer says something to the players," he added. 

  

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