Michael Nottingham believes Blackpool presented themselves with a difficult task, after they conceded early on and fell to a narrow defeat against Plymouth Argyle.
The defender played the full 90 minutes alongside Marvin Ekpiteta in Saturday’s defeat to newly promoted Plymouth.
And the 31-year-old, who grew in confidence as the game went on, admits the Seasiders made it more difficult for themselves after falling behind inside the first five minutes.
“It’s very frustrating that we’ve conceded so early on in the game”, he said.
“We came into the game with high hopes. I thought we had a good pre-season and we wanted to build on that. We were the better side throughout but unfortunately that early goal killed us.”
Reflecting on The Seasiders’ 20/21 curtain raiser, Nottingham was quick to praise the performance of the visitors and was delighted to be back playing competitive football.
“There were some positive signs, factors that we can build on as the season develops, we just lacked that composure at the other end of the pitch to put our chances away.
“It was good to be back. Obviously, we want to try and get as many wins under our belt as soon as possible because we feel like we’ve got a really good squad this year that are capable of doing special things.
“We’ve got a big week ahead of us now, so it’s important we look at where we went wrong today and go against next week. Every game is going to be difficult this season, it’s a tough league but we’ve got to make sure we’re ready mentally and physically for the next one and take each game as it comes.”