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Gaffer's Blackpool verdict

27 January 2016

Nigel Adkins admitted Tuesday's goalless draw against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road was 'frustrating', but praised the application of his players in testing conditions.


On a wet and windy evening at the seaside, United created the better chances on a heavy pitch, but found Tangerines goalkeeper Colin Doyle in inspired form.


Reflecting on the point, Adkins, who felt his side were denied a clear penalty in the opening 45 minutes remarked: "The conditions were testing and the pitch was energy sapping, but we started brightly and their goalkeeper, who went on to be named man of the match, made a couple of good saves from Conor Sammon who looked really sharp.


"But we should have had a penalty. It was the clearest foul of the game when Conor was pulled down in the box, but it wasn't given and the match became a war of attrition, with both sides putting an awful lot into it.


"We had seven or eight chances in the first-half and towards the end we got Jamal Campbell-Ryce more involved and had a few opportunities, but the goalmouths were horrendous and the ball bobbled about before the goalkeeper made the saves."


The Gaffer added: "We have got a point and a clean sheet, but we came here looking for all three. We showed an attacking intent, Sammon and Sharp linked up well and could have scored but we wanted to win the game and it is frustrating that we didn't.


"It was tough, it was the type of game where one bit of magic, a mistake or a referring decision would decide the game and unfortunately things didn't quite go for us."


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