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Turton: Final Ball Or Pass Not There

3 January 2021

Ollie Turton insists the Seasiders were dominant throughout the match, but that the final pass or cross let them down in the 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Blackpool created numerous chances to increase the lead at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday, after Gary Madine gave them an early lead after just eight minutes.

Despite the flurry of chances, Bristol Rovers found themselves in front before half-time, and saw out the victory in the second 45 minutes to take all three points.

“From the amount of possession we had and the chances we created, we shouldn’t have walked away from the game with nothing,” Turton said.

“We took the lead deservedly and then a mistake contributed to them equalising. That’s when we need to dig deep, show some character and ensure they don’t take the lead. Unfortunately, their played hit a really good strike to put them in front.

“It was tough to take, but the lads showed really good character throughout the match to try and get back in it. We never gave up when we knew time was running out, which I think is testament to how strong this group of players is.

“The final pass, cross or shot just wasn’t there on the afternoon and I include myself in that. These things do happen in football, and it’s important we refocus and work hard this week for what will be a really important FA Cup match against West Brom on Saturday.”

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