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McDonald: Hard To Take

24 November 2015

Manager On Defeat at Port Vale

Neil McDonald said Blackpool's defeat at Port Vale was a tough one to take, given the amount of chances The Seasiders created. 

The team performed well for large spells at Vale Park and could easily have been out of sight had certain opportunities been converted.

"In my opinion we should have been 3-0 up with the chances that we had, the game should have been over well before the second-half started," the manager told the official website. "Again our Achilles heel was not being clinical in front of goal.

"Offensively I think that was the best we've played with the chances we've created but we haven't scored, and defensively we looked really, really solid."

The opening goal for Port Vale came in the 81st minute and was one that the manager felt aggrieved by.  

"For their first goal I thought there were two fouls on us inside the box but the referee hasn't given them and they've put the ball in the back of the net, making it an uphill battle," he said.

"We missed another couple of chances and were heavily punished at the end. On reflection, it was very, very hard to take."

The result leaves the side looking to turn the tide and return to the good form that had previously resulted in a six-match unbeaten run. 

"In the unbeaten run we hardly conceded a goal and we scored a few goals, that's the big difference from the run that we're on at the moment. We can't seem to score to save our lives, not for the lack of trying. We need to be a little bit more concentrated and take a little more care," McDonald added. 

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