Ollie Turton on Blackpool's 'frustrating' draw with Fleetwood and his defensive battle with former teammate Kyle Vassell
Ollie Turton admits Blackpool’s goalless draw against Fylde coast rivals Fleetwood Town yesterday was a tale of frustration.
The Seasiders had the better of the game and created the clearer-cut chances, coming closest through CJ Hamilton who clattered the post.
But Fleetwood defended admirably and could have stolen the points themselves late on when former Seasider Kyle Vassell shot over when well placed.
“We’re frustrated in the end,” Turton said.
“I thought we played well as a team but it was just one of those games where it’s not fallen for us or blocks were made. On another day we probably get a goal and go on and win the game.
“It was frustrating, but at the same time we played some good football. We got into some good positions, but it’s up to us to put the ball in the back of the net.
“Usually we would, but I think it was just one of those games where it’s not fallen for us.
“We stepped up our game in the second-half and I felt we were on top for all of the half. We were the ones that were going to go on and win it.
“I thought CJ was unlucky with his chance (when he hit the post). If that goes in, we go and win by more, but it wasn’t to be.”
The main positive for Neil Critchley’s side was another clean sheet, their 14th of the season, against a Fleetwood side that had won their last three games on the spin.
Turton played a leading role in Pool’s shutout, making two vital last-ditch blocks against his former teammate Kyle Vassell.
“As a back four and the keeper, you want to keep clean sheets, that’s your main job,” the right-back said.
“It was good to see Vass, I’ve not seen him for quite a while and it was a good battle between us.
“The first tackle I made was in the box, so I had to make it and make sure I got the ball. Luckily enough I did.
“With the second one, I was just lucky enough to get a touch on it, but it’s part of my job.
“I had a couple of chances. I probably hit the volley too well and it’s gone over, with the second one it was a bit unlucky.
“The gaffer wants his full-backs to go and attack and join in, so I enjoyed getting up there and hopefully a goal does come at some point.”
Pool now sit five points off the play-offs with two games in hand ahead of Tuesday night’s rearranged game against Burton Albion.
The Brewers have been flying since the return of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has guided his side to six straight wins.
“It will be another challenge,” Turton admits.
“They’re playing well at the minute and won 3-0 against Crewe on Saturday.
“But we’ll be ready for it. We’re in good form at home and we don’t want it to end.”
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