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Grayson: A Professional Performance

Manager Happy To Go Through Comfortably In Potential Cup Upset

9 November 2019

Simon Grayson was pleased with his Blackpool side’s professionalism in the 4-1 win over Morecambe in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso, Armand Gnanduillet, Matty Virtue and Sullay Kaikai ensured the Seasiders eased past Morecambe, who were being watched by new manager Derek Adams from the stands.

Reflecting on the victory, the Blackpool manager was pleased with the team’s purpose and intensity in the game.

“We had to have the right attitude in the game,” he said.

“We wanted to replicate a similar sort of performance we put in against Peterborough and for large parts we did that.

“It was frustrating to concede the goal just before half-time, as that could have given Morecambe the lifeline they needed. But, we were professional in the second half and managed the game well, so it’s really pleasing to be into the second round.”

The Morecambe victory was the third home win in a week for Blackpool, and Grayson is pleased with the wins which were potential banana skin ties.

“It started well last week against Peterborough and then we had the two cup games – the Trophy tie and this FA Cup match,” he explained.

“Both of those ties could have been real banana skin matches, as we were the favourites going into them both. But, looking back on the games, I’m pleased with how well we’ve played and overall it’s been a really positive week for us.

“We’ll have a good weeks worth of training and then it’s back to league action next weekend, where we’ll hopefully make it four wins on the bounce.”

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