Blackpool boss Ian Holloway felt a refereeing decision cost his side dear as they lost 3-2 at home to West Brom.
Keith Southern had given the Seasiders the lead but two strikes from Roman Bednar put the Baggies in control. Stephen Dobbie levelled after 80 minutes only for Graham Dorrans to end the hosts' hopes from the penalty spot following a challenge by Andy Butler on Ishmael Miller
"I said before the game our next two matches could be defining," Holloway said. "It is a shame we had to lose this one on a referee's penalty decision. My lads are shattered about that decision because they thought it was a fair tackle."
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He added: "However, I thought we did well against a side I consider to be the best in the Championship. They have a class squad based on established Premiership players and we gave them a really good run for their money. They know that."
West Brom head coach Roberto Di Matteo admitted his side were made to fight all the way for their win.
He said: "This was a really hard-fought match. We have to dig in and fight for the points. Not many teams come here and go away with anything but I am delighted with my players' performance.
"We took our chances well and Bednar did his job up front with two well-taken goals."
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