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Missed Chances Frustrate McAlister

30 April 2016

Midfielder On Wigan Defeat

Jim McAlister bemoaned Blackpool’s polar opposite performances against Wigan Athletic, after defeat left the hosts in real danger of playing League Two football next season.

The Seasiders dominated the first-half and squandered a glut of clear-cut chances, before falling apart after the break.

A desperate second-half left McAlister visibly frustrated and the midfielder couldn’t believe Blackpool hadn’t put themselves in a commanding position.

“It’s maybe been our story of the season,” he explained. “You can look over so many games, we’ve dominated but not taken our chances and been sucker punched in the second-half.

“They were on the ropes first-half and had to make a change, you don’t often see that happen and it’s a credit to how well we were doing.

“You can’t play as well as that in the first-half and come in at 0-0. You can’t go from one extreme to the other, it’s just not acceptable.”

Within 12 minutes of conceding the opening goal Blackpool were 3-0 down, meaning game management left Pool with no hope of rescuing something from the game.

“From experience, you’ve got to see out the next few minutes. They’ve had a wee boost, scored against the run of play and they’re going to have a go at you.

“The boys are down. If you’re not down after that you shouldn’t be involved in football. 

“It shouldn’t be at the stage where we’re looking for help off other teams. It’s up to ourselves in our dressing room, we should be keeping it in our own hands and we haven’t done that,” he added. 

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