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Honest Assessment From McDonald

14 November 2015

Manager On Defeat To Doncaster

Neil McDonald was disappointed to see Blackpool's recent good form at home come to an end against Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.

The performance, in a 2-0 defeat, was one that the manager felt was the team's worst of the season at Bloomfield Road. 

"That's the worst we've played at home, even from the start of the season when we were getting beat," he told the official website. "I don't think anyone won their individual battle and Doncaster played really well, they moved the ball on quickly and found the spare man. The performance all the way through the 90 minutes has to be better from everybody."

Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw both had good opportunities to try and get the side back into the match, however a lifeline wasn't forthcoming. 

"We created a couple of chances ourselves and never really hit the target. We need to hit the target with those to either take the lead or get back in it. We never took the chances that we created first-half and we were heavily punished by not winning the first contact on the corner. The game's over when the second one goes in."

The manager gave a debut to goalkeeper Dean Lyness for the fixture and apart from being on the end of a defeat, he was pleased with his contribution. 

"I felt a little bit sorry for him because with the first shot he's picking it out of the net. He acquitted himself good, he kicked the ball really well and made some excellent saves. Considering he'd only trained with the team for one day, I was happy with his performance," he said.

A major blow before the game came with the news that Henry Cameron will now miss the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on international duty. 

"It's devastating for everybody, especially the player and his family. He's a young kid who has tried to progress and progressed enough to get an international call-up. He played for his team and unfortunately got a bad injury on his knee and is out for the rest of the season.

"We'll patch him up and give him all the love, attention and care that we need to and get him back stronger when he's fit and well," McDonald added. 

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