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Grayson: Different Characteristics To Draw

Manager Pleased With Response From Side

21 August 2019

Simon Grayson says his Blackpool side had to draw on different characteristics to fight back for a point at Gillingham last night.

Goals from Sullay Kaikai and Armand Gnanduillet helped the team rally for a 2-2 draw at Priestfield Stadium, having initially fallen behind to an Alex Jakubiak brace inside 37 minutes.

“We had to show a different side to ourselves. We started the game on the back foot and they started it brightly. We went 2-0 down and showed characteristics that we’ve maybe not seen in the team at times,” Grayson admitted.

A big blow while staring at a potential defeat came when Nathan Delfouneso was forced off injured, yet the introduction of midfielder Callum Guy and subsequent change of shape spurred the Seasiders on.

“Del just felt his hamstring a little bit tight. I don’t think it is anything too serious but Callum came on and did well. He’s a good player, I had him at Bradford and he controlled the midfield with Jay and Thommo and gave us that impetus to get back in the game.”

Backed by 308 supporters on a weeknight, the result was one that the manager was content with in the end.

“It was not ideal for any of the supporters to be coming this far down on a Tuesday night, but they turned out in their numbers and hopefully we sent them home in a decent mood. It was a good performance with heart, soul and desire. After being 2-0 down, we’ll certainly take a point.”

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