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Mixed Emotions For McDonald

23 April 2016

Manager On Fleetwood Stalemate

Neil McDonald was pleased with a much improved Blackpool performance against Fleetwood Town this afternoon, yet disappointed not to come out of it with all three points.

In what proved to be a tense fixture between the Fylde Coast neighbours, it was The Seasiders who came closest to breaking the deadlock at Highbury. 

"It was a very tight game, we probably had the best chances of the game and we're disappointed that we haven't won," manager McDonald said. "It was a much better performance, we've kept a clean sheet but we just couldn't get the ball over the line."

The best opportunity to win the encounter came via Jim McAlister and then Danny Philliskirk, however the latter tapped in the midfielder's strike from an offside position near the line.   

"Danny has popped in to try and finish it off and make sure but the linesman has flagged offside. We had a few other chances where the goalkeeper has made two fantastic saves, but it was a great response from the players after Rochdale last week. We're just disappointed that we haven't won the game.

"We stopped them from playing and pressed them at the right times and we got the ball down and played much better football. I thought we were the better team and created the better chances throughout."

The point keeps Blackpool two points off getting out of the relegation with two fixtures to go, setting up even more importance on a home clash against Wigan Athletic next weekend.  

"It's still tight, instead of three games we've got to win two games now and then see what happens. It is a little bit out of our hands but we'll try our best against Wigan to get three points and see where that takes us," the manager added.

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