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McDonald: Start To Second-Half Cost Us

2 January 2016

Manager On Defeat At Burton Albion

Neil McDonald says Blackpool's second-half start at Burton Albion cost them dearly, as the team lost out 1-0 to the League One leaders.

The Seasiders were unable to press home a man advantage that came with the dismissal of Robbie Weir prior to the half-time and were immediately put on the back foot after the break, with Mark Duffy curling in what proved to be the winner. 

"For the first half an hour (of the second-half) it has cost us. We didn't really get on the ball and we really didn't show that composure, we let Burton up the pace and we let them have too much time on the ball. They've punished us with an excellent goal in the top corner," the manager admitted.

"I thought we played reasonably well in the first-half, we competed really well and kept them at arm's length on the chances that they had. Bright's had a great chance and the keeper's made a great save when we could have gone 1-0 up. Then they've had a man sent off and it's changed the whole complexion of the game."

Injury to striker Mark Cullen didn't help matters four minutes in to the restart, with forward options limited due to the likes of Martin Paterson and Jack Redshaw being unavailable. Jarrett Rivers was deployed behind Andy Little, however the ball wouldn't stick in key areas until a real push for an equaliser the last 15 minutes.

"It was a big blow to lose Mark because he's our top goalscorer. He's got a little bit of a tight hamstring so let's see if it settles down over the next few days. 

"When we had the ball we didn't keep it as much as we could do to move up that pitch, and that gives them the chance to keep the attacks going and keep us under pressure. That pressure told in the first half an hour for them to get the first goal."

With options limited and a few loans due to expire, the manager's attentions switch to the opening of the transfer window as he looks to bolster the squad. 

"We're in dialogue with lots of clubs and hopefully we can pull a few deals off if we can," he confirmed.

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