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Virtue: We Had To Adapt Our Game Plan

Midfielder Claims Goal In Score Draw At Tranmere

30 December 2019

Matty Virtue has admitted the Seasiders had to alter their game plan in an effort to combat the difficult conditions in Blackpool’s 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers.

The midfielder has claimed the goal which gave Blackpool an early lead at Prenton Park on Sunday, following a goal mouth scramble in the Tranmere box which resulted in the ball crossing the line. The Seasiders couldn’t hold on to their slender lead, however, with Morgan Ferrier equalising for the hosts five minutes before half time.

Despite gaining another point on their travels, Virtue admits the condition of Tranmere’s pitch made it difficult for the side to make a real impact in the match.

“It wasn’t really possible to play our usual game on the pitch,” the 22-year-old admitted.

“The muddy conditions of the pitch meant we had to change our style and play more direct. We had to focus on the second ball and go down the sides, which suited the opposition and how they played, so we had to combat that and then do it back to them.

“The conditions meant you really had to bypass passing the ball on the floor until you got into the final third where you have no choice.

“At the end of the day, these are the sort of places we have to come to in the league. We’ll take the point and move on to Rotherham on New Year's Day where we will be targeting the three points again.”

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