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Sheridan: Defeat difficult to take and I'm gutted for the fans

Boss reacts after dramatic defeat to Blackpool

14 April 2018

Fleetwood Town head coach John Sheridan spoke to the media after Town's narrow 2-1 defeat away at local rivals Blackpool on Saturday.

Wes Burns scored the first goal of the match after coming on as a substitute in the second half, and could have doubled the lead moments later after a glorious chance in front of goal.

However, Viv Solomon-Otobor and Armand Gnanduillet scored late goals to give Blackpool all three points in the Fylde Coast Derby.

Here is what the head coach had to say… 

On feeling hard done by…

"Yeah I do feel hard done by, and it's difficult to speak when the game goes like that.

"It was a scrappy game on a scrappy pitch, but we got ourselves into a great position and with the way they play, they are good at what they do.

"I felt we were comfortable even though they hit the post in the first half, but I felt that we just needed to be more of a goal threat.

"Once we got the goal, we did up our game and that gave us the advantage and from the brilliant move, we should score all day long.

"We lost the game in the last three minutes and we needed to be better with our game knowhow. I never felt we were going to lose the match as we dealt with everything they had."

On the goals conceded…

"On their first goal, we had the ball in the corner flag and they ended up in our box. We made the wrong decisions at the wrong time in the match and a cross into the box is something we should deal with.

"We dealt with them all game and we should stop their second goal with two minutes to go.

"With five minutes to go, I was thinking I'd be jubilant and going over with the fans to celebrate with them, and for the way it ends, it's a massive downer.

"As I said, it is difficult to take and I am gutted for the supporters but it wasn't to be."

On game management…

"I can only try and tell the players what to do and shout from the touchline, but they are on the pitch and the players make the decisions.

"Everything happens quickly whilst out there, and Gnanduillet was left too much space to pass for the first goal, and you can't just let that happen.

"We paid the price, and I should be here now talking about how we saw the game through.

"We need to take it on the chin and move on now."

On the match itself…

"The first half wasn't the best and the pitch didn't help, but our substitutes came on and livened us up and that's where the goal came from.

"Wes needed to score that chance as it was a massive chance. That would have seen the game off but again, it wasn't to be.

"The goals were very poor to concede and I hope we learn from it going forward.

"I felt that we threw the game away."

On how the dressing room is after the defeat…

"The players are gutted, especially with it being a derby match.

"It's one that we need to get over with, the fans were excellent but we just need to put it behind us."​


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