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McDonald: We Were Outplayed

11 August 2015

Manager Reflects On Capital One Cup Exit

Neil McDonald pulled no punches in his assessment of Blackpool's 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Northampton, with a first-half display not up to standard.  

The manager watched on as his side conceded three goals in the space of eight first-half minutes and felt his played were second best in every department.

"I thought we were rubbish first-half. I thought we were outplayed, out-ran, out-battled and obviously out-scored. We've lost the game there and then," he admitted.

"Whatever system we played it wouldn't have worked because we never passed the ball, controlled the ball or showed any composure whatsoever.

"Both with the ball and without the ball we need to improve and do plenty of work on the training field. It's a big shock from the performance against Colchester to this first-half. I know I made a couple of changes but that shouldn't make that much difference. We have to get better."

The introductions of Henry Cameron and Bright Osayi-Samuel offered more going forward for the team in the second-half, however a fight-back never looked on. 

"When you're three-nil down it's very difficult to come back, but at least they showed a bit of hard work and a bit of determination not to lose the second-half," the manager continued. 

Away from the result, the manager did hold better news on the condition of goalkeeper Colin Doyle following the shoulder injury he sustained on Saturday.

"His shoulder has settled down a little bit, there is damage there but not as much as we thought. He'll have a little bit of rehab and see if it settles down in the next few weeks."

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