Appleton: Someone will suffer soon

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso celebrates his late goal
Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso celebrates his late goal
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MICHAEL Appleton believes it’s only a matter of time before someone takes a “tonking” from his Blackpool side.

The Seasiders dominated yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield, missing a host of chances, but needed a 94th-minute leveller from substitute Nathan Delfouneso to earn a point.

It’s the second game in succession that Pool have controlled without winning and Appleton can’t believe it.

The Pool boss said: “Someone is going to get a tonking from us soon – we are creating so many chances.

“I’m not sure who, where or when, but someone’s going to take an absolute tonking off us.

“To say that was a frustrating afternoon is probably the biggest understatement I’ve ever used in any interview after a game of football.

“We could and should have been six up after 20 minutes but we need to be more clinical.

“I was as angry as I’ve been after a game to be honest, and that’s after we’d scored in the 94th minute.

“I wasn’t angered by the performance – I thought we were outstanding in the first half and good in the second.

“I was disappointed to lose the goal like we did, but I was delighted we stuck at it and got the goal in the end.”

Blackpool created nine good chances in the first half while enjoying a staggering 72 per cent of the possession.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Wes Thomas and Tom Ince were guilty of missing good chances in a half which Pool could have ended 5-0 ahead.

Appleton added: “Poor Fletch, coming back to his old club, had two brilliant chances in the first two minutes.

“Going into the dying seconds, I was thinking it was going to be another game like Wolves on Friday.

“I wanted the three points, I didn’t want one.

“But I always told them that if we couldn’t win we mustn’t leave with anything less than a point.

“I told them at half-time not to relax until we got that goal.

“I think there were a few players over-enjoying the game in the first half, as daft as that might sound.

“I thought we got sloppy at times, tried too many flicks and step-overs.

“I want my team to go and get the goals, then enjoy themselves like that in the last 10 minutes.”

Pool were eventually hit by the sucker punch when Anthony Gerrard headed Simon Grayson’s side ahead with their only on-target effort of the whole game.

It was another poor goal to concede from a set-piece, something which hasn’t gone unnoticed by the Pool boss.

“They knew their only joy would come from corners – they had some big boys,” said Appleton.

“But we have to deal with that better. We have to mark tighter from set-pieces.

“I’m sure we’ll get it right. It was something I was aware of when I came to the club, but it’s something I want to stamp out.

“That’s two now – yesterday and one against Birmingham.

“It’s not a huge amount but we have to keep clean sheets.

“If we had kept a clean sheet, the 94th-minute goal we scored would have been a winner, simple as that.”

Appleton’s men were back in training this morning, with only two days to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough.

It’s a busy time for footballers but the Pool boss rewarded his players with Christmas Day off.

He explained: “I ended up giving the lads the day off. We trained at the ground on Christmas Eve, as the training ground was still waterlogged, and they were outstanding, and I realised I didn’t need them in on the big day. I knew they were ready for Huddersfield.

“The first half yesterday proved me right. The players have to give themselves credit as they always keep going.

“But we are all disappointed because we care. We are all desperate to get it right.”