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Edwards: An Ugly Win

Defender Offers Candid Assessment of Victory

18 August 2019

Ryan Edwards was pleased to see Blackpool stand up to some ‘relentless’ pressure and win ugly against Oxford United.

The defender, who opened the scoring for the Seasiders, was candid in his assessment of the match and knows that the team must improve in order to continue a strong start to the new campaign.

“It’s the worst we’ve played so far. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t the normal quick, slick football from ourselves,” Edwards admitted.

“But football is about three points and though we weren’t firing on all cylinders all over the pitch, sometimes you’ve got to look round and ask for goals elsewhere, and that’s where I come in. Defenders have to chip in with goals.”

The stats from the 2-1 victory tell their own story, though the result could have been more comfortable had the Seasiders not conceded in first-half added time.

“If we see the first-half out at 2-0, then I think it’s a different game in the second-half," he said. "That wasn’t to be, we conceded a sloppy goal and it was about hanging on in the second-half, and it was a long half, believe me!

“That’s the most tired I’ve been after a game for a while. I’m sure the rest of the defenders will tell you that because it was non-stop. We stood our own ground and took on whatever was coming our way. We didn’t let much past us.

“We know we’ve got to be better, and we know we will be. Oxford are a good side and credit to them. They’ll feel they should have had something from the game, and probably should have.

“But you’ve got to find different ways to win football matches, and we did that. We’ve now got to forget about it, take the three points and move on to Tuesday at Gillingham now.”

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