Mark Hughes was disappointed with the mistakes that allowed Blackpool into a winning position at Bloomfield Road this afternoon, but hailed the character of his Fulham side as they stole a late point.
Fulham led through Bobby Zamora’s first half header until two goals in five minutes – the first an own goal from John Pantsil and then a debut strike from Luke Varney – gave Ian Holloway’s side a 2-1 lead with ten minutes to play. The visitors were indebted to a late equaliser from Dickson Etuhu and Hughes said that was the result of an attempt to get the Nigerian midfielder making more forward runs.
It was good to see Dickson Etuhu get on the score sheet. It’s a part of his game and he hasn’t scored many goals in his Fulham career.
We’re trying to get him forward more and that was an example of him timing his run from midfield. As a kid that’s what he always used to do so we’re trying to encourage more of that this year.
Hughes couldn’t hide his frustration at Fulham’s second half display.
We got in a position today where we were in the lead and in the second half we didn’t play as well as we can. That has a lot to do with Blackpool and the pressure they put us under.
We made a couple of mistakes and let them back into the game and that’s a disappointment, but we showed great character to get back on level terms. We had to regroup and we’ve earned another away point which we need to build on. We can play better than we did to today but credit to Blackpool they caused us problems.