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McDonald: Loss Hurts

27 February 2016

Manager Reflects On Narrow Defeat To Bradford City

Neil McDonald says everybody is hurting in the dressing room after Blackpool were narrowly beaten by Bradford City at Bloomfield Road.

In a predictably tight game, a 54th minute strike from Kyel Reid was enough to settle the fixture and see The Bantams record the same scoreline as earlier in the season.

"We've come out on the wrong side of it and it hurts everybody, it hurts the supporters and certainly the players and my staff," McDonald told the official website

"They finished one of the two real chances they had, Colin saved one and the lad has smashed it into the bottom corner with the other one.

"We've had five good efforts on target in the first-half and a couple of good efforts in the second-half but we couldn't beat their goalkeeper, who kept everything out."

Blackpool finished the match with four strikers on the pitch in an attempt to find an equaliser, however the visitors proved tough to break down in the closing stages. 

"We had to throw caution to the wind. It was always going to be a tight game, we brought fresh legs on, as well as an attacking threat, and Martin Paterson has had one good chance that the keeper has saved.

"We move on to Chesterfield now and making sure that we're ready and that everybody has recovered from this. All the games coming up in March are vitally important."

One player who will be ruled out of Tuesday night's away fixture is Will Aimson, who received a second yellow card in injury time.  

"I'll have to have a look at that, he's tried to take a quick free-kick and the centre forward has got in the way. He's got a second yellow card so he'll miss Tuesday," McDonald added. 

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