Shut-out delights Appleton

Henning Berg and Michael Appleton
Henning Berg and Michael Appleton
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MICHAEL Appleton said he was delighted with the victory over Blackburn, and particularly with his first clean sheet as Blackpool boss.

Goals from Wes Thomas and Kirk Broadfoot saw off Henning Berg’s Rovers side in a lively encounter at Bloomfield Road.

It was the Seasiders’ first home win under Appleton and their first since August.

The manager said: “I told the players at the end that the biggest thing I was delighted with was the clean sheet.

“I thought we created numerous opportunities.

“The first half was a pretty even affair, with both sides having chances, but in the second half we were dominant.”

Blackpool were unable to train for most of last week as a big freeze hit the Fylde coast.

Appleton’s men had to make do with gym work before finally getting on the grass on Friday.

“It’s been a difficult week,” he said. “I was a bit frustrated on Thursday as I didn’t feel as 100 per cent prepared as we’d normally be.

“Luckily on Friday we got on the pitches, but even then it was about minus six and blowing a gale.

“I didn’t want to keep the players out in those conditions, listening to me blabbering on about what we should be doing.”

Both Pool’s goals on Saturday came from good deliveries from out wide.

Nathan Delfouneso crossed for Thomas to open the scoring, then Broadfoot headed home a Tom Ince corner to seal the win.

Appleton said: “I was disappointed at Palace because we didn’t defend crosses well enough, but on Saturday it was the reverse.

“Wes made a great movement and finished it so well.

“It was probably our own mistakes which gave Blackburn any chances they had on Saturday.

“We actually let them in on a couple of occasions from long clearances from their defenders. That was a little unlike us but we put it right at half-time.”