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Appleton laments missed opportunity

25 November 2012

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton felt his side created enough opportunities to have claimed all three points during an impressive second-half fightback in their 2-2 home draw with Watford.

Blackpool, who have yet to win under Appleton, looked set for an afternoon of disappointment as they fell 2-0 down after just 21 minutes following goals from Watford pair Ikechi Anya and Troy Deeney.

However, veteran striker Kevin Phillips pulled one back for the hosts just after half-time before Isaiah Osbourne struck a stoppage-time equaliser.

That salvaged a point for Blackpool, but Appleton believes they fashioned enough openings during an impressive second-half performance to get all three and claim their first win at Bloomfield Road in six matches.

He said: "We didn't do enough in the first half and maybe we switched off for both of Watford's goals. In the second half I thought we looked comfortable and created enough chances to have won the game.

"I think we restricted Watford to having just three scoring opportunities throughout but despite that we have still only managed to get a point."

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola described it as two points dropped for his side, although he conceded Blackpool deserved to get a draw in the end.

He said: "I am disappointed in a way because I thought at half-time the game was won. But Blackpool played better than us in the second half and created a lot of chances so it was probably a fair result.

"In general it was a good result for us because it is not an easy place to come. I knew it would be difficult in the second half but I was expecting my team to perform better than we did.

"We couldn't hold the ball and we kept giving it away and that was the difference between drawing the game and getting three points. The changes Blackpool made in their midfield in the first half had a bearing on the final result."

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