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McDonald Bitterly Disappointed

26 September 2015

Manager On Shrewsbury Defeat

Neil McDonald was ‘bitterly disappointed’ with Blackpool’s second-half showing in a 2-0 defeat to Shrewsbury Town.

Two strikes from Jean Louis Akpa Akpro, four minutes apart, secured all three points for the hosts and prevented The Seasiders from building on last weekend’s point against Barnsley.

“When you concede the first goal and they score the second one straight after it just kills the game off. I’m bitterly disappointed with our second-half performance,” McDonald told the official website.

“We asked them to up the tempo in the second-half a little bit and pass the ball a little bit more crisper and a little bit more quicker, but we never really did that and were on the back foot.

“The overall performance, from everybody involved today, wasn’t up to scratch.”

Having previously taken four points from three games, the performance was unexpected and leaves the team looking to rectify it against Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

“Confidence grows by having results and we haven’t got a result today. If you don’t get the result then you’re looking for a performance, but we didn’t get that today, either. There’s lots of concerns but we’ll do a little bit of feedback tomorrow and prepare for Chesterfield on Tuesday.”

One player who the manager hopes to still available for that match is Tom Aldred, who was forced off against Shrewsbury with a head injury. 

“Tom took a whack across his head and is little bit stunned and feeling sick. His hamstring is fine so we’ll monitor him over the next 24 hours to make sure that he’s OK,” he added.

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