Appy is amazed by Pool

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton
Blackpool manager Michael Appleton
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MICHAEL Appleton admits he is amazed by the character of his Blackpool side.

The Seasiders are unbeaten in his six games in charge, having come from behind in four of them.

Last Saturday it took a 90th-minute equaliser to earn a point at Crystal Palace and Appleton believes that says so much about his squad.

“I said to the players at the end that they never cease to amaze me,” the Pool boss said. “Their willingness to do the right things and their character is amazing.

“Once we got the equaliser on Saturday, I was thinking how well we’d done and how happy I was with the point.

“But when I looked up, we had players bombing forward looking for the win. It’s a fantastic attitude to have, but we have to get the balance right and we will.”

Appleton hopes lessons from the Palace game can be taken into Saturday’s clash with Blackburn.

He added: “One thing we spoke about in the team meeting was that if we conceded a goal, we must not go on to let in a second, third or fourth.

“Momentum is a big thing in football, and especially somewhere like Palace.

“We didn’t fall apart and we rode the storm when they had a really strong 10-minute spell. We dug in and finished really strongly.

“I was delighted with how well we dealt with Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie – so well that Alex Baptiste also became a big attacking threat, which was a real bonus.”

The manager was at Squires Gate yesterday to watch the club’s development squad draw 1-1 with Rochdale.

Elliot Grandin, Alberto Noguera, Anderson Banvo, Bob Harris and Nathan Eccleston were all involved.

James Caton put Pool ahead before former Fleetwood Town man Peter Cavanagh fired a second-half equaliser for Dale.