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Grayson: Hugely Disappointed

Manager Reflects On 3-2 Defeat To Coventry City

7 September 2019

Manager Simon Grayson couldn’t hide his disappointment after Blackpool let a two-goal lead slip in a 3-2 defeat to Coventry City.

The Seasiders had put themselves in a commanding position at St Andrew’s, with Sullay Kaikai scoring a brace inside the first 40 minutes of action. 

However, a mad five minutes at the end of the first-half saw Pool lose that advantage and fail to recover, as the Sky Blues found the net again in the 91st minute to win the contest.

“We were in a really good position, we had the two-goal advantage, looked really secure defensively and looked really good going forward. A lack of professionalism, to a certain degree, a lack of reaction and a lack of doing the basics has cost us the game,” Grayson said.

“I wouldn’t have minded if Coventry had have played through us and got some real, good goals, but they are three balls into the box that we should have dealt with, especially the first two. It gave them a lifeline before half-time and we’re hugely disappointed to have lost the game.”

When reflecting on where the game was lost, the manager was quick to emphasise the need to stay compact with a two-goal lead and pick the opposition off on the counter.

“You’ve got to make sure that your shape’s right and that your concentration levels are really high, especially just before half-time. We didn’t have to go looking for the third goal. We were playing with a back three, but we should have had a five in there, been solid and gone in at 2-0.

“We did it at Southend a few weeks ago and got 2-0 up, then we were nice and solid and when they came looking for the next goal, we picked them off. Today we went looking for the third one, rather than being really compact and using our shape. It’s something we have to learn from.”

Another disappointment was the loss of Nathan Delfouneso to injury again in the final stages of the game, leaving the team to play with 10 men and the forward facing another spell on the sidelines.  

“He’s just come back from his hamstring injury and trained most of the week. He just felt it get a little bit tight and it was a precaution. We’ll just have to wait and see if it’s anything more severe. Hopefully it’s not,” the manager added.

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