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McDonald: Tough To Take

12 September 2015

Manager Reflects On Gillingham Loss

Neil McDonald admitted Blackpool’s result at Gillingham was tough to take after a dominant second-half display.
A late goal from Bradley Dack secured a 2-1 win for the hosts and denied The Seasiders at least a point from the game.

“Sometimes you don’t get what you deserve, but the attitude, the work-rate and them trying to do the right thing is getting better,” the manager said. “I think they’re getting to know each other a lot better, but results are vitally important and we should have had a result today.

“Ironically, we didn’t play very well at Scunthorpe last week yet we took three points. We dominated the game against a top of the table team today but come away with nothing.”

Blackpool looked much more threatening on the attack and that was reflected in the chances created, with the team just needing that second goal when on top.

“The performance was much better and what I wanted at times. We were passing the ball much better and getting at the back four. If that second goal had have come, which I think we deserved, we certainly wouldn’t have come away with no points,” McDonald continued. 

“Pottsy’s had one cleared off the line, Jim’s had a shot wide, Lloyd Jones has had one nearly cleared off the line as well, so we’re getting the chances but we just need to be a little bit more clinical.”

Brad Potts’ role in that improved attacking display was key, with the former Carlisle midfielder constantly surging forward.

“He drove forward at every opportunity. He’s got that security with José filling in when he goes, and he probably could have had two or three goals today. He certainly should have hit the target with a header in the first-half off Jim’s cross, as well as having one cleared off the line.

“He’s made the goal by not giving in, getting to the byline and pulling it back. We had a little bit of luck with the own goal but if their defender hadn’t scored, I’m sure one of our lads would have scored.”
The only disappointing aspect, aside from the result, came from a defensive point of view with the goals conceded.

“When we concede a goal from a free-kick and a tap-in, we have to follow that in and clear It after Colin’s made a great save. On the second goal the ball in the box should have been cleared and it wasn’t, it dropped for their man and he put it in the back of the net. We certainly need to be better defending to finish the game off,” he added.

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