Lawrie Wilson - Superb support at Blackpool deserved more

Defender offers up his thoughts to the club's official website following Wanderers' EFL Cup defeat to the Seasiders

Lawrie Wilson thanked Wanderers’ impressive away following at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening, with the defender bitterly disappointed that the team weren’t ultimately able to reward them with progression in the EFL Cup.

With Jamie Proctor having opened the scoring for the Whites, the Seasiders turned the game on its head with two quick-fire goals inside the closing stages before a Kaiyne Woolery effort forced extra-time.

The home side however prevailed in the additional 30 minutes, with two further strikes ensuring that Bolton bowed out of the competition at the first round stage.

Backed by over 2,200 supporters on the night though – outnumbering Blackpool’s own attendance of fans – the right-back reserved special praise for the club’s travelling contingent.

“It was absolutely fantastic to see so many fans at the game compared to the Blackpool supporters and they were outstanding,” he said. 

“We all really do appreciate all their efforts and support that they gave us and I’m looking forward to having another good backing away at Wimbledon on Saturday.”

Reflecting on the game itself meanwhile, Wilson admitted that it was a case of rueing missed opportunities for the Trotters as their dominance ultimately proved fruitless at the final whistle.

“We’re really disappointed to have lost that game,” he explained. “We played some very good football and especially in the second half, we came out and had some very good chances which we should have taken to take the game away from Blackpool.

“They’ve done well to come back though and we’re gutted that they did. We definitely need to become a little more ruthless in the final third – we made the opportunities and although there’s always perhaps a little bit of luck needed, we need to convert.

“I think if you look at the game, you’d see the scoreline and think that we’d been beaten well. I don’t think the scoreline really reflects what happened in the game though – we had some very good spells and it was just a lack of concentration in five minutes where we conceded two very sloppy goals.”

He continued: “We move on now though and we have to turn our concentrate on our upcoming league games – it’s all about putting this behind us now, getting the recovery right and start preparing again.

“It’s a quick turnaround in this division – we’ve gone from being on a high on Saturday and looking forward to playing on Tuesday. We lost, but we know now that we’ve got another game in a few days to put that right.”

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