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Reaction: Bond on Blackpool defeat

11 August 2019

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Blues suffered a second defeat of the season with a 3-1 reversal at home to Blackpool.

A Harry Lennon own goal was followed by a brace by Nathan Delfouneso before the break as Blackpool blew Blues away inside the first-half.

Simon Cox grabbed a consolation after James Husband had been sent off but it was too little too late for Blues.

Here's what boss Kevin Bond had to say following the defeat.

On the Blackpool defeat…

My feeling is that you’re never going to win a game if you concede goals on such a regular basis. The fact is, we’ve not kept a clean sheet since January, and I’ve been here since April and I’ve been told we lost 13 matches at home last year.

Until we address that we can never be the team we want to be because the goals that we concede will kill us. And the goals we conceded today, killed us.

Two goals from set-pieces, one goal from where we had good possession of the ball and then we give it away, then within two passes they were through – it was our mistake. It was our mistake for all of them. It was not good play, it wasn’t what they’d created, it was what we offered up.

If somebody scores a great goal then I’ll take my hat off to them, but the goals we’ve conceded were our own doing; individual mistakes, people not doing their jobs from set-plays and until we start doing that, we’ve got no chance.

On individual errors…

If we’re calling it as it is, Mark Oxley would have wanted to do better for the first goal and we didn’t pick up for the third goal.

There was a lack of communication between Liam Ridgewell and Harry Lennon where the ball’s gone out for a corner kick which has resulted in Blackpool scoring – that shouldn’t have happened.

In fairness, Liam Ridgewell was drafted in and I may have been slightly unfair to him bringing him in so quickly, but we wanted to play that way today. In fairness to him, it might have been too early as it was difficult.

But there were two senior players and a lack of communication going for the same ball and it ends up going out for a corner kick, then we don’t pick up and they score again. They’re all goals that are individual errors. That’s not a system issue, how can you put that first goal down to a system?

On the second-half reaction…

We’ve come in at half-time and the crowd are going to look at us and see what kind of response we’re going to get to being 3-0 down. We got a decent response, but it was massively important that whatever glimmer of hope we had come down to who scores the next goal.

You’re going to get hounded out of Roots Hall if they score the next goal; if we score it might give us a glimmer of hope. They went down to 10 men – quite rightly so – and we give ourselves a glimmer of hope, but we didn’t have enough guile, didn’t have enough to really open them up, but it wasn’t to be.

We need to look at that and that’s something I’m trying to look at but until we can stop shipping goals there’s no good in my book looking beyond at this moment in time other than trying to keep a clean sheet.

On those missing today…

Stephen McLaughlin was really disappointed last weekend and sustained an injury, which might have had something to do with it, and he didn’t train until Thursday so that would have been that.

Brandon Goodship, who would have been in my team today, sustained an injury to his hip-flexor on Thursday, otherwise, he would have been playing. I feel for him really because he went through all of pre-season and probably would have been playing more nearer to the role I know he ideally likes, but he got himself injured so he was unable to figure for us.  

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