Simon Grayson admitted a point was probably a fair result after watching his side come back to draw 1-1 with Portsmouth.
The manager felt the Seasiders were much improved in the second-half and fully warranted the equaliser from Armand Gnanduillet.
“We’d liked to have won the game, but we were up against a strong, good team with players like Marquis who they signed in the summer and the strength in depth they’ve got throughout the squad,” he said.
“It was going to be a benchmark, like I said previously, to where we’ve come as a club and as a group of players. I think it was a fair result for both teams.
“I thought in the first 10, 15 minutes we played quite well and got off to a strong start, limiting them to few opportunities and we got on the front foot. From then on, we were a bit sloppy and too complacent, possibly. We were too slow in possession and too slow at stopping the opposition.
“At half-time I just said that we needed to increase the tempo and get on the front foot. If you get on the front foot here at Bloomfield Road, then the crowd are certainly going to stay with you. The crowd again was fantastic today. We looked a dominant team in the second-half, but still had to be careful of the counter attacks from them.”
The goal from Gnanduillet was his fifth of the season and came on the back of another superb assist from Liam Feeney.
“He’s getting in the right places at the right time. It’s nice for him to score the goal, but you’ve got to give credit to Feens again for putting in a great ball from that right-hand side. We probably didn’t get enough possession for him first-half to get it out wide and put them sorts of balls and deliveries in the box.”