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McDonald: We Have To Learn Quickly

18 August 2015

Manager On Loss To Burton Albion

Neil McDonald says Blackpool must learn lessons from a 2-1 defeat to Burton Albion this evening, after two contrasting 45-minute performances.

The Seasiders started the game in fine fashion and deservedly took the line through Jack Redshaw, yet found themselves on the back foot for the majority of the second-half and conceded twice.

"I'm actually amazed at how well we played first-half to how poorly we played second-half. We need to get them to play how they did in the first-half for the full 90 minutes," McDonald said.

"That was the best we'd played this season in the first-half, but it was a disappointing second-half performance."

Echoes of the first-half showing against Colchester United in the first game of the season, Blackpool should have been two or three goals up at the interval.

"We needed the second goal, we created seven chances in the first-half and they were pretty good chances. We needed to get that second goal to give us a bit of breathing space.  

"We warned them at half-time that they were going to come at them and take a chance, but we never really showed the composure from the first-half.

"When we conceded it was backs against the wall, then we gave a silly free-kick away and it's in the top corner. We've been severely punished."

The result leaves the team with one point from three games, something that the manager knows will need to be drastically improved on moving forward. 
"In the three games we've played we've only taken a point, so we're under pressure. We should have beaten Colchester, we should have taken a point off Rochdale and we should have won the game today, but should and could are big, big words and we have to learn quickly that when we're on top we have to finish teams off, or when we can't get the passing game or fluency to shut up shop," he added. 

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