Lincoln City boss admits to mixed feelings after comeback draw against Blackpool

Michael Appleton’s delight over Lincoln City’s great fight against Blackpool was one of frustration.

The Imps returned to work in the camp after more than two weeks without a game due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

Prior to the breakout, which postponed two games, the Imps had slipped out of the automatic promotion competition while their play-off hopes were starting to look fragile.

Blackpool were one of the teams to benefit from City’s inactivity, and they seemed to deal another blow to Appleton. They took a 2-0 lead with Ellis Simms and Sullay Kaikai, who scored just before and just after half-time.

But the guests missed the chance to put the game to bed and Lincoln got them to pay with goals from substitute Anthony Scully and six minutes left with Brennan Johnson in the 75th minute.

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Appleton loved the spirit his team showed in the face of adversity, but was disappointed with the manner in which Blackpool first hit for two reasons.

“You showed really good spirit. It’s been a tough couple of months and certainly a tough couple of weeks for everyone, ”he said.

“I was concerned about how we would be today in terms of condition. I said I had to use all of my subs and I will probably have to do the same thing all over again.

“However, the first goal, not excuses, has to be better. I thought we were disappointed by the referee [the Imps felt Conor McGrandles was fouled in the build-up]. But even if you are let down, you have to react and think of danger and smell danger. We didn’t do that.

Lincoln City’s Adam Jackson speaks to umpire Marc Edwards after Blackpool’s first goal scored by Ellis Simms

“You did well on the second goal. It was really enjoyable to come back to that. “

“The players are happy that they showed enough spirit to play against a team that is in decent shape.

“I’m still a little frustrated that we allowed them to take two goals, but later that evening and tomorrow I’ll be glad we showed that spirit and that belief never to give up.”

Anthony Scully of Lincoln City celebrates the goal against Blackpool

Appleton used all five of its allowed substitutes and made two changes at halftime and three more by just under 20 minutes, with Lincoln still losing 2-0.

One of the players was Scully, who also scored Johnson’s equalizer.

“Some of the subs did more than others, but they definitely had a positive impact,” he added.

“It wasn’t always a pass or a shot, it was just getting the players up or running.”

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