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Grayson: Got To Learn To Win Scrappy Games

Manager Disappointed In Smash And Grab Defeat

26 December 2019

Simon Grayson was left frustrated after not taking opportunities to score in Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley.

Despite a bright opening from the home side, the Seasiders weren’t able to break Accrington down and were left to rue their missed chances, with Sean McConville scoring a 91st minute winner for the visitors.

“We didn’t ask enough questions to win the game today,” Grayson admitted.

“It was a scrappy game and I think we were the better side. But it’s all about getting that first goal, particularly at home.

“We’ve got to find ways of winning football matches at home when teams make it difficult for us. We didn’t show enough quality and decision making in the final third and ultimately we’ve got to be better on the ball when it counts.”

It was a frustrating afternoon all round for the Seasiders, with Grayson forced into making two substitutions in the first half in Jak Alnwick and Sullay Kaikai.

“Jak looks like he’s done something to his bicep and he’ll be unavailable for the next few games, but we won’t know the full extent until he see’s the doctor,” Grayson said.

“I think Jack Sims did well when he came on for his debut. The other lads protected him well and he made a few good saves, so credit to him.

“As for Sullay, he was struggling after about 35 minutes, so we had to take him off.

“It’s a quick turnaround with the Tranmere game on Sunday, and that’s the perfect way to put things right. We’ve got to do better, and we’ll do everything we can to do just that.”

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