Assistant Manager Praises Character After Long Week
Steve Thompson praised Blackpool's resilience after they came back from 2-1 down to rescue a point in the 90th minute against Leicester City at Bloomfield Road.
Paul Konchesky's spot-kick and Andy King's strike turned the game on its head in a two minute period that Thompson described as 'mad', before The Seasiders got themselves a point at the death through Thomas Ince's penalty.
"It was a very tough game," said the assistant manager.
"We had a mad five minutes, where we had a rash tackle on the edge of the box and then they scored with a quality strike after a good passage of play. We had to go a little bit gun-ho at the end and we got a penalty - there keeper decided to come from the long throw and conceded the penalty.
"After the week we've had; we've had a couple of long trips to Bournemouth and Millwall - Millwall we got back at 25-to-six in the morning so it's not an ideal preparation. We had a few tired legs out there in the final 15/20 minutes and they were having long periods of keeping the ball."
The Seasiders deservedly went ahead through Chris Basham and they could have added to their tally in a first-half that they were well on top in and despite their dominance Tommo believes it was a fair point in the end.
"It's a good point for us because I think Leicester will be up for there, they're very good and have people who can hurt you in all departments, but we showed great character again."
Stephen Dobbie made his full debut for the club, for the third time, and Thompson hopes it won't be long before he is fully fit and able to make an even bigger impact.
"I'd say he's at about 80/85%. We've played him in that little pocket and that will suit him ideally. He's one of the best finishers that I've ever worked with, so if we can get him up to speed he will be a quality signing for us because going forward and in and around the box he's a box of tricks."
Dobbie only started because Neal Bishop fell ill shortly before the match and had to miss the game and Thompson revealed he wasn't the only player feeling under the weather.
"There is one or two of them who have got a bit of this sick bug that is going around at the moment. Bish came in to see the gaffer and said he wasn't feeling too good and was feeling a bit rough. There were one or two others that said they weren't feeling the best either so every credit to them. They've done absolutely fantastic."