Simon Grayson was quick to admit that Blackpool were ‘second best in all departments’ against Oxford United, despite holding on to win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.
A backs-to-the-wall performance was required throughout the second-half and the manager was honest enough to admit that his players weren’t at the races.
“When I analyse the game, I think we were probably second best in all departments. That’s an honest assessment of it all,” he said.
“I thought we were two or three yards off the pace. They are a good team on their day and if you don’t stop them from passing it round and getting tight, then they can hurt teams.
“We just didn’t seem to have that spark about us and our retention of the ball was poor. We grinded a result out and got three points.”
Such was Oxford’s dominance in the second 45 minutes that Blackpool ended the match with just 31 per cent of possession, yet the win is all that counts come full-time.
“The stats will say they’ve had loads more shots and had loads more possession, but the only one that I’m interested in is the one that says we won the game and got three points,” he added.