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Grayson: A Fair Result

Manager Takes Positives From Physical Encounter At Tranmere

29 December 2019

Simon Grayson feels a point each was a fair reflection of his side’s efforts, in the 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers.

Blackpool led after just nine minutes at Prenton Park thanks to what looked like a scrappy Matty Virtue goal following a corner. But, his strike was cancelled out five minutes before half time through Tranmere’s Morgan Ferrier, with a goal apiece the final outcome on a muddy afternoon at Prenton Park.

“I think it was the right result, given how we both played,” Grayson admitted.

“It’s always going to be a physical, combative encounter here, given the condition the pitch was in. We chose a side that we felt had that physicality to combat and battle against it.

“Looking back, I was pleased with how we started the game. I felt we were on top for large parts of the opening 45 minutes and to go and concede in the final five minutes of that half was disappointing, as it’s vital you get into the break in the lead if you can.

“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, but I feel the second half was about even, so a point is probably a fair result in the end.”

Mark Howard was drafted in to replace the injured Jak Alnwick, and the 33-year-old produced a sensational stop in the final minutes to deny a Connor Jennings volley from 20 yards out.

“I thought Mark did really well. He came in and was composed all game,” Grayson said.

“His kicking was good and he was communicating throughout the game. He’s an experienced player, and we’re really pleased for him.”

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