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McDonald: Fine Margins

3 November 2015

Manager On Bradford Loss

Neil McDonald rued the set-piece goal that proved the difference between Blackpool and Bradford City this evening.

A James Hanson header from a corner was enough to earn Bradford all three points, in a game that had very little in it.

“It was very fine margins and we’re all gutted in the changing room,” McDonald told the official website. “I thought we’d give a good side a run for their money but we’ve been done on another set-play, which myself, the staff and the boys are really disappointed with.

“Colin’s made the best save of the game to tip one over the bar but there wasn’t really much in it. The teams huffed and puffed between boxes but never really created many chances within the box areas. It was always going to be a set-play that settled the game.”

One positive for The Seasiders, however, was the performance of Jarrett Rivers, who made his first league start for the club.

“We’ve slowly blooded him in and I thought he had a terrific game tonight,” the manager admitted. “He caused problems in the position that he picks up and handled the ball well, we’re just looking for that end product, that final pass.

“It’s took him time to adjust to full-time training and he’s had a little bit of a bit part. He played reasonably well against Port Vale in the JPT and waited for his chance. His chance came tonight and I thought he took that chance.”

Blackpool will now take a break from league action to face Barnet in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday. 

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