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McDonald: Heavily Punished

9 January 2016

Manager On Port Vale Defeat

Neil McDonald says Blackpool were heavily punished after being denied a penalty in the build-up to Port Vale's winning goal this afternoon.

The Seasiders lost out narrowly in a game of few chances, as Ajay Leitch-Smith fortunately found the net with a ricochet in the aftermath of being denied by Colin Doyle.    

It came a minute after Jim McAlister's header looked to have been handled in the Port Vale box, with the players still appealing when the visitors scored.

"It's a definite penalty and we're really disappointed that it hasn't come because that would have given us the chance to take the lead.

"We didn't get the penalty and they've gone up the other end, we've switched off and they've heavily punished us," McDonald said.

Blackpool's best chance of the game fell to Andy Little in the fifth minute, however he fired just wide and was forced off due to injury on the half hour mark.

"It was great movement, good inter-link play and we expect him to finish that one and we're disappointed he hasn't. He came off with a bit of a tight hamstring so we've got injuries in the forward line, which is very frustrating indeed.

"We haven't created many chances but the chances that we have created, we should have put in the back of the net and taken a 1-0 lead into half-time. That would have given us a spring in our step."

The manager handed debuts to Mark Yeates and Danny Philliskirk for the fixture, with both showing signs of potential for future matches. 

"They've had one training session so it's always difficult. They've shown little glimpses of what they can do and hopefully we'll get a lot more out of them in the games to come," he added.   

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