Midfielder Reflects On Blackburn Performance
Dan Gosling left Bloomfield Road on Saturday with mixed emotions after collecting the Man of the Match award in a pulsating Lancashire derby with Blackburn Rovers.
The 23-year-old, making only his second start in a Pool shirt, was a stand-out performer for the home side, with his first-half goal looking all the more likely to be the difference between the two sides, before a Steven Davies own-goal deep into stoppage time salvaged a point for Rovers in a 2-2 draw.
"I thought it was going to be the winning goal to be honest," Gosling said. "We could have been two or three up in the first-half. It definitely wouldn't have been an injustice if it was. For a long period in the second-half we tried getting a third too, so I think we've been robbed of a late win.”
Gosling, who is on loan from Newcastle United until the New Year, commented on how happy he has been with his own progress on the field since moving to Blackpool.
"It was my best performance in a Blackpool shirt. The more games I play, the fitter I'll get and the sharper I'll feel.
"Last week against Wigan was my first game in a while and it was tough on a personal level, but we got the three points in the end. Hopefully though I'll get better game-by-game and the team will as well.”
After keeping three consecutive clean sheets prior to the Blackburn game, Gosling believes uncharacteristic errors cost The Seasiders taking all three points, as both sides ended up with ten men apiece in a fiery encounter.
"I just think we invited too much pressure on and eventually it took its toll. The two red cards changed the complex of the game, they pushed on and then we gave a silly foul on the touchline in injury-time.
“We gave away two silly set-piece goals and that's not like us. We've got players who love to head the ball and they usually clean that up all day.
"Conceding that late, no matter how the game goes, is never a nice feeling and it feels like a defeat.
"We've now got just to pick ourselves up and have a good week of training ahead of a tough game at Forest."