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McDonald: A Harsh Lesson

22 August 2015

Manager Reflects On Sheffield United Result

Neil McDonald felt his Blackpool side was on the end of a harsh lesson at Sheffield United, despite a much-improved 90-minute display.

The players executed a tactical game-plan almost to perfection at Bramall Lane but fell behind to a goal that could easily have been ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

From then on The Seasiders were left to chase the game and ultimately got picked off on the counter attack, as the home side scored a second. 

“They got a lot, a lot of luck from the first goal which is a free-kick against Emmerson Boyce, he’s been barged off the ball and Sharp’s put it in the back of the net,” McDonald said.

“That was the difference between the two teams, one goal that shouldn’t have been allowed and one quality finish.

“It’s a harsh lesson. I thought we defended much, much better and I thought we passed the ball much better.”

Prior to Sharp’s opener, Blackpool had restricted Sheffield United’s opportunities and made the home crowd restless.

“I thought our game-plan frustrated them very much so to one chance in the first-half, and we had a couple of chances ourselves on the counter attack,” the manager continued. “That’s what we worked on during the week, to try and frustrate a team of Sheffield United’s magnitude at their own place.”

The result leaves Blackpool still searching for their first win of the season and McDonald frustrated not to see his players rewarded for their efforts. 

“We’ve had a good response from the second-half performance against Burton but the same again, no points. That’s the most frustrating and disappointing thing over the 90 minutes today. No just rewards for the amount of hard work we’ve done.

“We’re giving it our best shot but we’re just being heavily punished at the moment. We’re showing signs of improvement and we just need that little bit of luck to try and get a few more points and get that first win,” he added.

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