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Grayson: Ruthless With Opportunities

Manager Pleased With Strong Display

10 August 2019

Manager Simon Grayson hailed Blackpool’s ruthless streak after watching his side record a 3-1 victory at Southend United.

The Seasiders raced into a three-goal lead inside 40 minutes at Roots Hall and looked threatening every time they went forward.

“I thought the players played really well again today. I thought we dominated the first-half and were ruthless when we got the opportunities,” Grayson said.

“The wind was always going to cause some problems today, but you have to make sure that you utilise that situation. We wanted balls in the box and people to be around it, putting pressure on the keeper from set-pieces.

“Being 3-0 up at half-time was a good position, but you still know that anything can happen in the game. We still had some opportunities to go to 4-0 and I think that would have really killed the game off.”

The front three of Sullay Kaikai, Armand Gnanduillet ad Nathan Delfouneso were particularly impressive, with the latter netting twice.

“We knew that if we could get it into Sullay, Nathan and Armand that we could be a real threat going forward with the pace, creativity and ruthlessness. We looked a real threat,” the manager admitted.  

“If the fourth one would have went in just after half-time, we’d have been more comfortable because in football you never get an easy ride for 90 minutes.”

The firm test for Blackpool came when James Husband was sent off on the hour-mark, leading to a late rally from the opposition and Simon Cox pulling a goal back.

“Regardless of whether it’s the right decision or not, James shouldn’t have made the challenge,” Grayson insisted. We’re 3-0 up, cruising and looking like we’re going to get the fourth. It just gave them a little bit of a lift and impetus to get back into the game.

“We weathered the storm to a certain degree, but they did ask us questions. I think James will learn from the experience because he shouldn’t have made that challenge, and he probably didn’t give the officials much of a choice with what you have to do in this day and age.” 

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