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McDonald: Slow Start Cost Us

13 February 2016

Manager On Defeat To Shrewsbury

Neil McDonald bemoaned Blackpool's slow start as a four-match unbeaten run came to an end against Shrewsbury Town.

The visitors went three goals ahead inside the first half-hour and despite replies from Tom Aldred and Danny Philliskirk, it proved an uphill battle to salvage at least a point. 

"We started off slowly and didn't defend as well as what we have been doing. We've been heavily punished in the first 30 minutes and to come back from 3-0 down is a big ask," McDonald said.

"We certainly tried to get back into the game with Tom's goal and Danny's goal but a lack of concentration at the start and some good finishing from Shrewsbury has finished us off."

The Seasiders did rally in the second-half with a much improved performance, however all focus now switches to Tuesday night's meeting with Oldham. 

"We had a couple cleared off the line and a couple of near misses but it's not to be today. Come tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday we'll be ready and raring to go for the Oldham game."

A blow prior to today's game came yesterday when Colin Doyle was forced out of training early, prompting a quick move for Dean Lyness on another loan deal. 

"He rolled his ankle and it's a shame because he's been in really good form, but we've done well to contact Burton and Nigel has let us have Deano," the manager added.

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