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McDonald Left Frustrated

28 December 2015

Manager Reflects On Barnsley Defeat

Neil McDonald was left frustrated after watching Blackpool’s three-game winning run come to an end at Barnsley.

An uncharacteristic defensive display saw the team concede four goals at Oakwell, with the first coming after just three minutes.  

Mark Cullen’s 25-yard equaliser had promised a comeback at 1-1, but quick-fire goals for the hosts put them in a commanding position.

“We didn’t play very well first-half, we conceded early on but we regrouped at half-time and came out of the blocks a little bit better. We created a few chances, scored a goal and got back into the game,” the manager said.

“Sloppy defending, poor defending allows them to take a big lead. We got back into it with a second goal but there was too much to do in the second-half.

“All in all it was a really disappointing performance defensively, more so than anything else.”

Bright Osayi-Samuel and Jarret Rivers had great opportunities as Blackpool pushed for something late on, while Andy Little scored his first goal for the club to bring it back to 3-2. However, it was a clinical Barnsley who rounded the game off at 4-2 to take all three points.

“We’ve created eight chances to their seven or eight chances, but they’ve put it in the back of the net better than we have. If we’d have took our chances we may have got something from the game.

“We scored two goals and missed two really good chances, and that’s really disappointing because our attacking play was much better in the second-half,” McDonald added.


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