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McDonald Unhappy With Second-Half Showing

16 April 2016

Manager Reflects On Defeat at Rochdale

Neil McDonald bemoaned a 'poor' second-half display as Blackpool fell to a 3-0 defeat to Rochdale.

The manager was disappointed to see his side react to going a goal down on the stroke of half-time in the wrong manner, with further strikes for the home side putting the game out of sight.   

"It was a poor second-half performance that's cost us dearly. We competed first-half, got in behind a couple of times and had a couple of efforts but then conceded a silly goal right on half-time to give us an uphill battle and a hill that we certainly couldn't climb," McDonald said.

"The second goal obviously killed us off, so that's two set-plays that were very disappointing. The reaction of the players was poor today and we're obviously very worried that we've lost another game at an important part of the season. We're certainly not relegated yet and we've got three games to put it right."

McDonald kept faith with the players that lost out to Colchester United last weekend for the fixture at Spotland, however changes will now be contemplated for a big game at Fleetwood Town.

"I trusted the players after losing last week and they haven't performed. They've let me down badly today.    

"We need to stand up and be counted and we certainly need a reaction next week against Fleetwood, that's for sure. There's three games left and we have to win as many of them as we possibly can to get ourselves out of the mire that we've put ourselves in," he added. 

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