'It feels like a defeat': Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman bemoans late penalty miss in goalless draw against Blackpool

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman admits his side's late penalty miss makes the goalless draw against Blackpool feel like a defeat.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 10:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 10:32 pm

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Stanley had the chance to snatch all three points when they were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute, when Jordan Gabriel was adjudged to have fouled Sean McConville.

But Chris Maxwell pulled off a vital save for Blackpool denying Colby Bishop from 12 yards to extend his side's unbeaten run to 15 games.

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Stanley boss Coleman said: "It feels like a defeat when you miss a penalty in the last minute, doesn't it?"

"You can say the goalkeeper has saved it, but it's a poor penalty. Colby is sick in the dressing room, so we've had to pick him up.

"I took a few penalties during my career but I never enjoyed taking them. These days the keeper's can move, but you couldn't do that when I was taking them.

"I think now he just wishes he had smashed it in the corner like he normally does. But when you change your mind when you're taking a penalty, it's a kiss of death.

Accrington boss John Coleman

"Give the keeper his due though, he's done well to hold onto it.

"For how hard we worked and how well we nullified them...they had a few chances, but the one they hit the post, it's offside so I don't know whether it would have counted. The one where Toby Savin makes a great save, that was also offside which I couldn't understand.

"They missed a good chance after five minutes but that was probably about it.

"I thought our shape was brilliant and the lads carried out the game plan to the letter of the law, they worked their socks off.

"We're coming away thinking we haven't got what we've deserved.

"Was it a penalty? Probably not. Was it a penalty on Cameron Burgess? 100 per cent. Two wrongs don't make a right though.

"But after conceding five against AFC Wimbledon, to bounce back the way we did shows the character we've got in the dressing room.

"Blackpool are a very good side, I tipped them from day one. But to nullify them the way we did, we starved them of any real ingenuity around the box."

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