Grant McCann said he was pleased for Tom Eaves after the forward came off the bench to rescue Hull City a hard-earned point against Blackpool.
Shayne Lavery’s smartly-taken volley put the Seasiders ahead on the stroke of half-time and the Tigers’ task was made tougher when Lewie Coyle was shown red for two bookable offences.
But the hosts rallied and levelled with six minutes left when Keane Lewis-Potter cleverly picked out Eaves, who swept first time into the roof of the net.
“I think we deserved that,” said McCann. “I think over the last few weeks the performance levels have been good. I am a firm believer that if we keep performing at those levels, things will turn.
“I thought we controlled the ball for large spells, in terms of what we were doing in possession.
“Yes, we know we need to be better in the forward areas, in terms of creating opportunities – I think that’s clear to see.
“They get one opportunity and it’s in the back of our net. Again, we’re licking our wounds.
“We tried to reorganise again at half-time. The boys stayed really calm.
“The second off is obviously frustrating for us because I thought the first one was soft. Lavery has just nipped in front of Lewie and he hasn’t seen him. The second one is obviously a booking.
“It was disappointing to lose Lewie because he’s in good form, but I thought we rallied. The boys got the bit between their teeth. We almost played a two at the back with Alfie (Jones) and Greavesy (Jacob Greaves) until we got Di’Shon (Bernard) on.
“I’m pleased for big Tom to get the goal because he deserved that. He’s trained really well over the past three or four weeks. He’s found it difficult with the bodies we’ve brought in but I was pleased with the response.
“Credit to the players second half. They stuck together, they stuck with each other and we could have won it; Tyler (Smith) had a really good opportunity – great save from (Chris) Maxwell.
“We’ll take the point and move on to Saturday.”