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Grayson: A Frustrating Afternoon

Manager Disappointed Not To Capitalise On Positive First Half Performance

21 December 2019

Simon Grayson was left frustrated following Blackpool’s narrow defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town.

A second half penalty from Shrewsbury’s Fejiri Okenabirhie was the difference in a tight affair, with the goal consigning the Seasiders to their first league defeat in over two months.

“It was a difficult afternoon for us,” Grayson admitted.

“I said before the match that we knew today could be a frustrating afternoon for us, given how Shrewsbury play. They’d already picked up some good results in beating the likes of Sunderland and Peterborough as well so we were aware of the threats they posed.

“I thought we played well in the first half to be honest and I thought we caused them quite a few problems. We just couldn’t get that decisive goal at the right time.”

The decision to award Shrewsbury’s penalty was contentious, with Armand Gnanduillet punching the ball in frustration after he was allegedly pushed. Speaking about the decision, Grayson was left scratching his head as to why it was awarded.

“Armand has punched the ball in frustration, and he was clearly pushed, but unfortunately the referee said he didn’t see it.

“It’s disappointing from our point of view, as that is what ultimately has separated us in the game. But, we’ll take it on the chin, learn from it and look to make things right on Boxing Day against Accrington Stanley.”

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