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Nottingham: Hard One To Take

Defender Says Rochdale Defeat Was Tough On 10-Man Pool

27 December 2018

Michael Nottingham says defeat at Rochdale was hard to swallow, given how much effort Blackpool put in playing with 10 men for over an hour.

An 89th minute strike from Ian Henderson broke The Seasiders’ resolve at Spotland, leaving the players crestfallen.

“It was hard to take that one, definitely. I thought we’d done well when we went down to 10 men early in the second-half,” Nottingham said. “We’ve got to try and take the positives from it because it was a good performance with 10 men, a good shift.

“Considering they scored in the 89th minute, we’d done well up to that point and we didn’t really feel too threatened. I know they had the majority of the ball and a lot of the chances, but I thought we were going to see it out.”

It was Nottingham himself who had earlier brought Blackpool back level in the game, just five minutes after Jordan Thompson had been dismissed.

The goal was the 29-year-old’s first in Sky Bet League One and owed plenty of credit to the work of Armand Gnanduillet, who really put himself about.

“He’s an absolute beast when he wants to be,” the right-back said of his team-mate. “He’s unplayable at times and he had a shift to do, which he did very well.”

The onus for Blackpool now is to end a run of three straight defeats when facing AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

“We’ve played well in recent weeks, but I think we’ve been hard done by in the games. We’re definitely not worried about anything at the moment. We’ll just put it behind us and move on,” Nottingham added.

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