Blackpool 2 - 2 Watford

Match info: Championship at Bloomfield Road

Date: 24/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: K Wright Att: 13,076

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Isaiah Osbourne 90+2
Kevin Phillips 52



Ikechi Anya 4
Troy Deeney 21

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: November 24 2012, 19:48 GMT

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.

Watford celebrate Troy Deeney's goal
Watford celebrate Troy Deeney's goal

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 to make it 2-2.

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."

On what was said to his players at the break, Appleton added: "I said a lot at half-time but it wasn't a situation where I was ranting and raving.

"We changed the system a little bit to allow the full-backs to get a bit higher up the pitch, which allowed our wide players to support the front men better.

"I just asked them to be brave and be more aggressive in possession and ensure we kept going forward and we did that after the break.

"I tried to encourage Tom Ince to come off the line and he needs to do that and mix his game up a bit more.

"He ended up getting a lot more space and he played a much more intelligent game as the match wore on which resulted in him creating space for the equaliser."

Watford took the lead after just four minutes through Anya and then doubled their advantage not long after when Deeney turned the ball home from eight yards out.

Blackpool were better after the break though and Philips reduced the arrears with a close-range finish in the 52nd minute.

Ince thought he'd levelled matters midway through the half but his effort struck the woodwork, before Osbourne curled a 20-yard shot into the net five minutes into stoppage time to snatch 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.

"We got tired and Blackpool put us under a lot of pressure but when you come here a point has to be a good result but after being two goals up you have to say it is two points dropped.

"We weren't sure how Blackpool would play under the new manager but my concern was to have my team playing well and we did that in the first half."

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