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Grayson: Mixed Emotions

Manager Pleased With Performance But Frustrated Not To Win

24 August 2019

Simon Grayson had mixed emotions following the full-time whistle at Rochdale, as Blackpool were held to a stalemate.

The manager was pleased with various aspects of the team’s play throughout the contest but disappointed not to be coming away from Spotland with all three points.

“We’re frustrated with the result, but the performance was very good. I said after the Oxford game last weekend that we’ll play far better and probably not win a game, and I think that was the case today,” Grayson said.

“Their goalkeeper got Man of the Match and it’s probably one of the best performances we’ve had this season. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a way of breaking them down.

“This was always going to be a really tough game because Rochdale have got a style of play where they’ve got plenty of flexibility and people moving around into false positions. We spoke about how this was our hardest game of the season so far, but we limited them to very few opportunities. I don’t think Jak (Alnwick) has had a save to make all game.”

Another major positive throughout the 95 minutes was the vociferous support of the 2,014 Blackpool fans, who sang their hearts out for the lads.

“Although we’ve not won the game, I think the performance will have sent them home in good heart,” the manager added.

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