Date: 15th May 2017 at 12:44pm
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At Bloomfield Road yesterday, the Hatters were, when leading 2-1, just a goal away from finishing off this semi-final play-off fixture.

Sadly, a resurgent Blackpool, now sit in the driving seat, courtesy of a hat-trick from Mark Cullen.

Following what was an entertaining game, both managers spoke to the media, Nathan Jones, obviously disappointed at the outcome of the game, had this to say,

‘We showed naivety in our defending and that’s what cost us. Going forward, there was no problem at all.

‘I didn’t expect to concede three goals – we have the second-best defensive record in the league – but we have, and now all we can do is make sure we don’t concede any more.

‘An open game will suit both teams in the second leg, but it won’t just be an open game – we’ll have a game-plan to win the game, and if we do that then we’re still in the tie.’

An early goal for the Hatters would set Kenilworth Road alight.

As for the Blackpool manager, Gary Bowyer, he had this to say,

‘We worked the first goal really well but we then had a crazy five minutes and that’s something for us to learn from and get ready to go again on Thursday.

‘The mentality’s been the most pleasing aspect for me – the mentality we showed, and our game management, came to the fore after half-time.

‘Mark Cullen is a goal-scorer. He had two goals and I couldn’t see anybody else taking that penalty off him, but he showed bravery and he put it away well.’

He did and the look on his face at getting a hat-trick against the side he used to play for, was a delight for him but sickening for us Hatters fans who had made the trek to the north-west.