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McDonald: Tale of Two Performances

15 August 2015

Manager Rues Missed Opportunities

Neil McDonald says Blackpool were made to pay for not doing the business at both ends, as a clinical Rochdale side won 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.

Despite having some good opportunities during the game, The Seasiders failed to convert their chances and momentarily switched off in defence. 

"We've been punished with Rochdale's two goals, we've had three one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and haven't put it in the net," the manager said. "It was a tale of two performances, one in attack where we created the chances and one where we didn't defend. Whichever league you're in, you're going to get punished if you don't do both.

"The thing that disappoints me most is the two goals that we conceded, it was poor defending so more work on the training ground is required."

Still a new-look team in its infancy stage, McDonald feels his players will learn from the experience but need to more solid to break down. 

"It's a learning curve for everybody but it's still early in the season. They've shown that they can score goals but we need to try and be a little bit more tighter defensively to try and give ourselves a chance of winning matches."

Blackpool will now aim to bounce back against Burton Albion at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night. 

"We'll get them in tomorrow, refresh them again and get focused on the game against Burton, as we look to try and put things right and get a result," he added.

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