Appleton admits frustration after draw

Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips
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MANAGER Michael Appleton admitted there was a lack of quality in the final third on a frustrating evening at Bloomfield Road.

Tom Ince gave Blackpool a half-time lead, but after conceding a 48th-minute equaliser they failed to break down a Birmingham side more than content to take a point.

And after a fourth successive draw, Appleton admitted: “I’m very frustrated.

“A lapse of concentration from a set-play cost us the game.

“It was a bit of a scrappy game. The pitch turned it scrappy and made it difficult for both teams.

“If we defended the set-play properly, we’d have won 1-0.

“You can talk until you’re blue in the face, but it’s about concentration.

“The lad got the run on Craig Cathcart maybe and there might have been a block in there. If we’d defended properly we’d have won1-0.

“We controlled the game, and apart from a five-minute spell after their goal, we threw everything at them.”

Pool had plenty of the ball without creating many clear chances.

And while Appleton admits there was a lack of quality, he was quick to point the finger at the Bloomfield Road pitch.

He said: “There was a lack of quality in the final third.

“I don’t want to make too big a thing of it or make too many excuses, but the number of times the ball bobbled up and hit people on the shin...

“It’s difficult when you ask players to pass the ball quickly and play give-and-gos on a pitch like that.

“It was the same for both teams but we were trying to win and play football. The pitch made that very difficult.”

Kevin Phillips saw a first-half effort ruled out for offside before a huge shout for a penalty near the end.

Tiago Gomes appeared to be held back in the box by substitute Papa Diop and Appleton believes the referee got it wrong.

He said: “The shirt-pulling on Tiago looked blatant. The referee had a clear view on it. If it was outside the box, I’m sure it would have been a free-kick.

“I was disappointed we didn’t get that decision but these things happen.

“Hopefully over the coming weeks we’ll continue to get a bit of momentum and one of them might go our way.

“As for the disallowed goal, I think Kevin was probably maginally offside,”

“He’s an experienced player and plays on the line all the time.

“Maybe that’s a little bit of luck that’s not going with us at the moment but I’m a true believer that you make your own luck.

“If you keep going, persevere and keep trying to do the right things, then something will drop for us.”