Peter Hartley believes if Blackpool continue to create chances at the rate they did at Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night, they’ll have no problem hitting the back of the net this season.
The stats show The Seasiders had 18 attempts at Wigan’s goal, but could only net once and were eliminated from the Carabao Cup as a result.
Hartley headed home Pool’s goal on debut at the DW Stadium but it was bittersweet for the defender, who felt his side deserved to progress.
“Credit to the forward lads, I know they’ve missed chances, but they created plenty. Things are starting to click and you can see we’re moulding into a good team.
“We conceded two sloppy goals but when we’ve created so many chances and we need to be putting them away, but it will come with time.”
The Seasiders were punished for two sloppy pieces of play on Tuesday evening, as two first-half goals did the damage, and Hartley says that will come with know-how.
“We want to play football, that’s the way the Gaffer wants us to play, and you’re going to make mistakes when you try and play the right way, but we’ll learn from it and move on.”
Hartley was known as a goal scoring defender at Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers, and he hopes Tuesday’s Wigan strike can be the first of many in tangerine.
“The ball connected with my head, shoulder and hip, so it definitely hit me. I’m just disappointed with didn’t score again because we had them under the cosh and could have scored three or four,” he added.