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Appleton ready to dish out a 'tonking'

27 December 2012

Michael Appleton insists one of Blackpool's npower Championship rivals are set to "take a tonking" after his side spurned a host of opportunities in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Seasiders dominated their hosts for over an hour on a wet afternoon in West Yorkshire, only to then fall behind to Anthony Gerrard's first goal for the Terriers. Substitute Nathan Delfouneso converted Tom Ince's cross in stoppage time to rescue a point, but Appleton was adamant his side should have been travelling back to Lancashire with all three.

"When you've get a set of players like we have who are very creative, good footballers, good technique, eventually I do believe someone will take a tonking," said Appleton, who insists he is still unaware of any proposed January switch to Liverpool for star winger Ince.

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

When asked whether it should have been three points instead of one Appleton added: "I think that's the biggest understatement anyone's ever said to me after a game.

"I said to the players, 'don't enjoy the game until we're in front', because it was almost too easy at times we were playing so well.

"A lapse of concentration, a free header from a set play, and you're up against it for a while because they've got their backs up and something to hold on to."

The Terriers have now gone eight games without a win, but manager Simon Grayson was relieved to escape with a draw despite leading going into stoppage time.

"I certainly would have taken a point after the first 45 minutes," he said. "We never got out of the traps and Blackpool could have been out of sight by half-time.

"When you get 1-0 up into injury time you think 'we'll take the result, not the performance', and if we'd got three points it would have only papered over the cracks of how poor we were in the first half. To get a point out of that first-half performance is the only positive really."

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