Two points dropped says Manager
Mark Robins believes his side missed an opportunity to beat high flying Blackpool in front of the Sky cameras, despite a poor first half showing.
“Our first half display was diabolical; it has cost us the three points,” began Mark.
“Blackpool are a good side, which they have proved this season with some decent scalps. They were missing some players tonight, though, and we felt it was a chance to go for the jugular, which we just never did,” he continued.
“We knew that our centre halves would be the spare players, but we just didn’t get wide enough and move the ball quick enough. We never made them commit during the first half, we were too slow. The crowd got anxious and the players did on the back of that.
“We didn’t create much during the first 45, but we did manage to score and I am told that James (Vaughan) was level.”
Vaughan did go on to net for Town in superb fashion courtesy of Duane Holmes’ first assist of his professional career.
“Our second half performance was exactly what I am looking for, though,” he told htafc.com. “I felt the introductions of Sean Scannell and Duane Holmes changed the game. They came up trumps tonight for us. Duane found space really well and we managed to get the ball to him. It was fantastic to watch both of them. We will continue to bring Duane on, while it was the best that I have seen from Sean.
“We have got a number of players showing promise in our Academy and the U21s and if they are good enough we have to give them a chance – that is the Club's ethos.”
Town missed an opportunity to snatch all three points when Vaughan crashed a penalty against Matt Gilks’ crossbar: “James enjoys taking penalties and it is difficult to stop a striker taking an opportunity like that. I was a striker and I know what he feels like.”