Simon Grayson was left to rue a number of chances from a Blackpool perspective, as the Seasiders fell to a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United.
The Seasiders were the better side for large parts of the game at Bloomfield Road, though two set-plays proved to be their undoing.
“Against a team that are one of the favourites for the division after being in the Championship last season, we didn’t give them a sniff until the first goal goes in,” Grayson said.
“Defensively we were really secure, passed the ball with a purpose and created chances. You give them credit because they made some vital blocks at vital times. But when you’re on top in games, you have to be clinical and take those chances.
“When you reflect back on the game, it’s two set-pieces that we’ve not dealt with. That’s why it’s so frustrating for everybody because we’ve played as well as we have done in a long time and come away with nothing.”
Despite Blackpool pulling a late goal back deep into stoppage time, it was a previously disallowed effort from Curtis Tilt that could have had a different bearing on the result.
“He’s not offside and that’s what it was flagged for in the first place. Maybe something changed his mind for a foul on the keeper, but when you look back it wasn’t a foul either. Things haven’t gone our way today. I don’t use them as excuses, but they’ve played a part,” the manager added.