OWEN Coyle felt poor defending cost his side dear as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat at Blackpool.
Coyle cut a dejected figure after the final whistle at Bloomfield Road and probably can’t wait for the summer.
His team came within 90 minutes of taking on Manchester City in the FA Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday – but instead they were losing at a windswept Bloomfield Road.
A disappointed Coyle said: “It was certainly end-to-end and there were plenty of chances, as scoring three goals away from home suggests.
We felt we had done more than enough to be leaving with at least a point.
“The attacking players certainly enjoyed themselves and going forward we were slick, incisive and pleasing on the eye. We could have scored more than we did.
“Blackpool were also clinical with their finishing but we needed to defend better.
“The margins are very fine in this league and if you defend like we did, then ultimately you get punished and pay the price.
“We needed to make sure we defended well because we knew they are a threat going forward.
“Any neutrals would have enjoyed the entertainment but we are disappointed to be leaving with nothing after dominating the second half.
“Jussi (Jaaskelainen) didn’t have a save to make and we were hit on the counter-attack for Charlie Adam’s goal. If we improve away from home next season it will take us on further.”
Coyle felt the refereeing left something to be desired, adding: “I thought they got the bounce of the ball and the little decisions. I’m always loath to see players sent off but Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s had a terrible lunge at Lee-Chung Yong right on the edge of the box.
“The officials have let that go, then two minutes later Gary Cahill is booked for a challenge on Charlie Adam.
“If they’re going to book Cahill, then I find it beyond belief that Taylor-Fletcher stayed on the pitch.”