Josh Bowler scored the only goal of the game to help Blackpool produce one of the narrow football scores of the weekend in the Championship. It was Bowler who scored against his former club in first-half stoppage time. The home side had the bulk of the possession but just could not find a way through the Blackpool defense.
QPR’s Michael Beale: “We should be two or three up before we go 1-0 down. Then we concede at the worst possible time – right on half-time. We spoke about it and said that if we kept playing then opportunities would come, and I felt we did that. We threw a lot of energy at it in that second half and were a bit anxious at times. We were a bit lost in possession because of trying so hard – and the goal didn’t come. I thought if we could score early in the second half then we would be the team with the momentum. We couldn’t find the goal. But we had some fantastic chances early in the game. Ethan flashes one across the six-yard box and we have to score at that moment. Then he pulls one back to Lyndon and I think we need to score at that moment as well.”
Blackpool’s Michael Appleton: “We played well in that first half and really contributed to a decent game of football. We went ahead and looked comfortable. Then the injury to Charlie was a big blow because he was having a big influence on the game. They’ll get better as a group. They’ll learn how to deal with being ahead in games and be a bit braver and continue to press higher up the pitch. But I’ve been in their shoes and know what it’s like – sometimes you want to protect what you’ve got and hit teams on the counter-attack.”
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