Appleton: 'It was a great advert for League One'

Michael Appleton claps supporters

Michael Appleton felt his side deserved more than a point in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at The Valley with Blackpool.

The Addicks scored goals in the 81st and 83rd minute to come from two goals down to share the points with the visitors and extend the club’s current unbeaten streak in the league to six games.

Speaking to CharltonTV, Appleton said: “It was obviously a great advert for League One. In terms of the whole game without looking at the stats properly, I felt we were the team that wanted to win the game and they had moments in the game because of how they are set-up and they are structurally really sound and organised.

“I was delighted with the response that the players showed but before the second goal, albeit a mistake, there were lots of opportunities there that we didn’t take. I felt even when we went two down I was trying to get the message on that we still have plenty of time and that one game can change the complexion of the game and that is what happened.”

The Addicks dominated large periods of the game and Appleton made five early second half changes as his side chased a leveller. 

“I thought we were good second half even before they scored the second goal,” he added. “The likes of Chuks [Aneke], Alfie [May], Corey [Blackett-Taylor] all had big moments and it was a matter of time. Obviously they get that second goal, which takes the wind out of you a little bit but the players kept pressing forward. We had to take risks, we had to throw bodies forward. We had to make the substitutions because that is what happens when you are down in games but luckily for us we got rewarded with the two goals. I still believe, and obviously I am going to be biased, but I still believe that we didn’t get quite what we deserved today but given where we were after 70 minutes, we’ll take what we got.”

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