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McDonald: Didn't Win Individual Battles

7 November 2015

Manager On Cup Exit

Neil McDonald was disappointed to exit the Emirates FA Cup at Barnet and said Blackpool’s defeat was probably just.

The manager felt the opposition won their individual battles, whereas his own players didn’t reach the performance levels required.
“From one to eleven, nobody won their individual battle. Nobody performed anywhere near what I think is good enough. All in all a 2-0 defeat is probably just,” he said.

“It’s very disappointing for everybody connected with the football club that we’re out of the FA Cup.”

The manager made six changes for the match at The Hive Stadium, reverting to a side similar to the one that took to the field against Port Vale in the JPT.

“The last time they had a chance they did really well so for some of them it was a second chance. They certainly didn’t live up to how I thought they could play against a team that battles away, runs for the manager and tries to win every ball.”

A blow for the team during the game was an injury sustained to goalkeeper Colin Doyle, however the manager hopes he’ll only miss Tuesday’s JPT fixture at Wigan.

“He’s twisted his ankle so we’ll see how that settles down over the week with some ice and treatment.”

Doyle won’t be the only absentee for the game at the DW Stadium, as Tom Aldred’s fifth booking of the season means that he’ll now be suspended. Defensive cover could well come from outside of the club. 

“We’ve tried to line up a couple and I’ve spoken to a couple of managers. We’ll see if we can get somebody in with Tom being suspended,” McDonald added.

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