SEAN Dyche hailed a magnificent winner from Blackpool after fearing something special would settle a dour seaside scrap.
The Clarets boss admitted he was disappointed not to take a share of the spoils from a game of very few chances on a dreadful Bloomfield Road surface.
Dyche said: “It was probably the worst pitch I have ever seen, but that’s the same for both sides, so I’m not going to use that as an excuse.
“Every team who comes here will have to deal with that and it does affect how you play.
“I thought they managed the pitch and played quite well for the first 25 minutes, until we got to grips with it.
“We’ve hit the post and their keeper has made a top drawer save from Ross, but in the second half we didn’t really open them up and it was a moment of real quality that won it.
“I was just a little disappointed we didn’t press the situation and stop the shot, but it is a fantastic strike and it was the deciding moment in a game where Lee Grant hasn’t had a save to make of any note.
“In that respect we are disappointed not to come away with a point.”
The Clarets created the best two chances of the first half, with Junior Stanislas hitting the post from outside the box and Ross Wallace bringing a magnificent save from Pool keeper Matt Gilks.
And Dyche admitted he was frustrated as the Clarets struggled to create any clear-cut openings after Ludovic Silvestre struck from distance in the 57th minute.
He added: “We didn’t make as many chances as we’d like and towards the end we’ve filled the box with bodies.
“We kept probing and trying to mix our play and we’ve taken the two wingers off because as the pitch was worsening the wide players of both sides were struggling.
“We felt they would bank in and fill the box, which they did, and then it’s very difficult to start probing and playing. We felt it was better to have that physicality and ammunition in there and we ended up with four
centre forwards on, trying to get that point for the fans, who again travelled in numbers.
“But nothing quite dropped and unfortunately it wasn’t to be today.
“There was plenty of effort and endeavour, but the fine margins are such that it was always going to take something special or a mistake on that pitch and a strike of real quality has been the difference.”