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Appleton: We should have won the game

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso and Watford's keeper Manuel Almunia

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso and Watford's keeper Manuel Almunia

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton felt his side created enough opportunities to have claimed all three points during an impressive second-half fightback in their 2-2 home draw with Watford.

Blackpool, who have yet to win under Appleton, looked set for an afternoon of disappointment as they fell 2-0 down after just 21 minutes following goals from Watford pair Ikechi Anya and Troy Deeney.

However, veteran striker Kevin Phillips pulled one back for the hosts just after half-time before Isaiah Osbourne struck a stoppage-time equaliser to make it 2-2.

That salvaged a point for Blackpool, but Appleton believes they fashioned enough openings during an impressive second-half performance to get all three and claim their first win at Bloomfield Road in six matches .

He said: “We didn’t do enough in the first half and maybe we switched off for both of Watford’s goals.

“In the second half I thought we looked comfortable and created enough chances to have won the game.

“I think we restricted Watford to having just three scoring opportunities throughout but despite that we have still only managed to get a point.”

On what was said to his players at the break, Appleton added: “I said a lot at half-time but it wasn’t a situation where I was ranting and raving.

“We changed the system a little bit to allow the full-backs to get a bit higher up the pitch, which allowed our wide players to support the front men better.

“I just asked them to be brave and be more aggressive in possession and ensure we kept going forward and we did that after the break.

“I tried to encourage Tom Ince to come off the line and he needs to do that and mix his game up a bit more.

“He ended up getting a lot more space and he played a much more intelligent game as the match wore on which resulted in him creating space for the equaliser.”

Watford took the lead after just four minutes through Anya and then doubled their advantage not long after when Deeney turned the ball home from eight yards out.

Blackpool were better after the break though and Philips reduced the arrears with a close-range finish in the 52nd minute.

Ince thought he’d levelled matters midway through the half but his effort struck the woodwork, before Osbourne curled a 20-yard shot into the net five minutes into stoppage time to snatch a point.

 

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