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MacKenzie: We Chased Every Ball

Posted: Sat 04 Jan 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Defender's thoughts on FA Cup defeat

After a spirited display at Bolton, which went unrewarded, Blackpool centre-half Gary MacKenzie was full of praise for his team mates, claiming they gave everything.

The result means The Seasiders fall at the first hurdle of this season's FA Cup, but the performance will give all those with tangerine links hope.

A series of fine saves from the opposition goal keeper was the main reason for Bolton's victory, and MacKenzie has taken heart from the defeat.

"There was a hunger, we tried to get something out of the game. The lads were desperate for a result, which is working against us at the moment," said MacKenzie.

"When we went behind we didn't panic, we kept prodding away and tried to find a way back into the game. Their keeper has had a wonder game and we haven't had the break of the ball.

"It is going to change, it has to, because I thought we were much the better team."

The defeat was Pool's seventh in eight games, and provided little rest-bite for the faltering league form, but the improvement in performance was there for everybody to see at The Reebok Stadium.

On New Year's Day Blackpool were beaten at Sheffield Wednesday, but an improved performance today has left everyone in higher spirits.

"In Sheffield we did well first half, but they scored and we didn't recover. Today they scored early, but we were by far the better team. We showed grit and desire to get back in the game, but went behind again. 

"It was good to get things out in the open (after Sheff Wed) and get other opinions, it is alright hearing the one voice over again, but the gaffer let us voice our opinions and saw what we were thinking. 

"Today we chased every ball, the boys have played a lot of games, but gave everything and that is all you can really ask for."

Now MacKenzie and his team mates will have a week without a game, which will provide a rest before returning to league action next weekend.

"It will be a test of our character next week, we put so much into this game and it hasn't happened, so we'll see how we react.

"We weren't going to roll over and die as a team, it isn't in our make-up. It was a cup game and the supporters were brilliant today. For personal pride nobody likes losing games, if any footballer can accept getting beat they shouldn't be in the game," said MacKenzie.