Stockport Town extended their unbeaten run to nine matches following a 2-2 draw away at AFC Blackpool on Saturday afternoon in the Hallmark Security League.
Goals from Richard Tomlinson and a Jack Williams penalty put The Mechanics 2-0 up in the second half but Aaron Dwyer and a stoppage time equaliser from Lions captain Adam Stubbs saw Town earn a point.
Following the game Lions boss Dave Wild gave his thoughts on the encounter. He said: “In all honesty I was extremely disappointed with how we played on Saturday, we dominated the game in terms of possession and looked comfortable throughout but that was our downfall.
“We began to let off on Blackpool and weren't anywhere near ruthless or aggressive enough and that cost us. Don't get me wrong I'm so happy that we scored two in six minutes but it shouldn't ever take us 84 minutes to get going.”
Wild continued: “We did enough to win the game, we hit the bar, hit the post and missed a penalty but to be fair to Blackpool and really when I say Blackpool I mean Jack Williams, they took the two chances they created and did the job we couldn't for the main part of the game. Williams was a constant threat throughout and is a player that for me is certainly playing a level too low for his ability.
“We left ourselves with too much to do in short space of time, I appreciate that being 2-0 down with six minutes to go and getting a point is brilliant but it does fell like two points lost and that has left me very agitated since!”
Stockport’s boss was overjoyed with Stubbs’ stoppage-time equaliser but felt on a different day the result would have been much different. Wild added: “As soon as we got the first goal I knew a second was coming because that's the quality that we have in our ranks, so when we sent our keeper up for a corner and packed their box, there was always going to end up being a man free for us, and unfortunately for Blackpool it was Adam who dominated his marker and powered home.
“We were obviously elated with the goal and celebrated equally to that, but like I say it's left me frustrated. I said to the lads after, if the same 22 played each other today we would have won, it was just one of those games where the ball wouldn't go in for us.”
Saturday’s result saw Wild’s Lions remain unbeaten under his reign since the start of the new year and is a statistic any manager should be proud of. Wild continued: “It's great that we're now nine unbeaten but five draws is maybe a couple too many. There's now been a couple if games that we should have put to bed and didn't and that's certainly something we're going to be working on.
“If people would have offered us this start however I would have snapped arms off for it so the achievements of this group of players to get nine unbeaten is something that we're all very proud of and hopefully we can keep the momentum going on Thursday away at St Helens.”
Stockport now face a two games within two days of each other as they face St Helens Town on Thursday and then travel to Atherton LR on Saturday afternoon but Wild has said his players are raring to go
He said: “We now have two games in 48 hours for the first time since I arrived as manager and it will be a huge test of character for our lads, we have a good solid squad so we will 100% be able to cope with the schedule and everyone is chomping at the bit to get involved a night game!
“St Helens are a really strong competitive side and we must show up on the night, I won't hold back if we perform like we did against Blackpool and we won't get as lucky twice, especially in such a short space of time, we must keep luck on our side by working hard and doing the basics right.”
Stockport Town face St Helens Town this Thursday night at 7:45pm with the match being played at Prescott Cables. The Lions then travel away to Atherton LR on Saturday afternoon, once again in the league, kick-off 3pm.