Peterborough United manager Steve Evans cut a frustrated figure as his side dropped home League One points for the third game in in a row today (September 29).
Posh drew 2-2 with Blackpool at the ABAX Stadium despite taking the lead twice through centre-back Rhys Bennett and substitute Mark O’Hara.
But Evans insisted his side created enough late chances to have won the game against lively opponents. The draw means Posh have lost top spot to unbeaten Portsmouth ahead of a tough couple of games against relegated Championship sides Sunderland (away, October 2) and Blackpool (home, October 6).
Evans was also critical of an assistant referee ‘failing to do his job’ as Blackpool’s first goal should apparently have been ruled out for offside.
“I thought it was offside at the time and the video confirms it,” Evans moaned. “It was an easy decision. The assistant referee hasn’t done his job and it’s cost us as we would have won 2-1 without that error.
“It wasn’t the only reason of course. Our end product wasn’t as good as it has been in recent weeks. We weren’t clinical enough especially in the last 10 minutes or so when we put them under a lot of pressure.
“It’s frustrating of course because we want to entertain our fans with victories. The fans would have been pleased with the commitment and desire of the players, but this was a game we should have won against very good opposition. I don’t think too many would have left the previous home games against Doncaster and Portsmouth and said we deserved to win, but we should have won this game.
“We were comfortable in the first-half despite not playing well. They might have been disappointed to go in behind, but it was a great ball by Siriki Dembele for our goal. It might have been the only thing he did.
“I was trying to change things when they equalised and when we went in front again we should have closed the game down. It was too open for my liking at times.
“Mark O’Hara scored a great goal to get us back in front, but then failed to track a runner enabling them to equalise again.
“Ivan Toney was quiet for 70 minutes but he came alive in the final 20 and really caused them problems. He should have scored when he hit the bar and he and Jason Cummings also pulled the trigger too late when inside the penalty area.
“But we take the point and move on to a game at Sunderland. They are a big club at our level, but we will be treating it as just another away game.”
Striker Toney and Ryan Tafazolli both finished the match with dead legs, but should be fit for the trip to the Stadium of Light.