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McDonald: Keep Battling

12 March 2016

Manager Reaction Following Narrow Defeat To Coventry

Neil McDonald says Blackpool must stay strong and keep battling to get back above the line in League One following a narrow defeat to Coventry City.

A goal from Marc Antoine-Fortune separated the sides at Bloomfield Road, however his effort is one that the manager felt should have been ruled out for a foul on Colin Doyle.

"There was not a lot between the teams. They're fighting for promotion and we're trying to get out of the bottom and it's a set-play, which I think was a foul, that has cost us in the end. Colin's blocked off by Fortune and he then puts it in the back of the net with a free shot.

"The game certainly wasn't free-flowing, at this stage of the season it's not probably going to be that. We have to battle, scrap and fight for every point that we possibly can. We didn't get that help today with the foul on Colin."

Despite the setback, Blackpool continued to fight for a way back into the encounter, with the supporters urging them forward in the latter stages.  

"I'd like to thank the fans because they stayed behind the team and could see the players were trying, but we must try that little bit harder.

"Nobody has won today to open the gap so it's a lost opportunity for us. If we'd have got something from the game it would have pushed us closer to everyone else. We've got 10 cup finals coming up now and we must stay strong and keep believing in what we're doing."

A real positive for The Seasiders was the performance of former youth team left-back Luke Higham, who stepped in for the injured David Ferguson. 
 
"I thought he played really well. Defensively there were a couple of times when he got taken on but the majority of times he showed composure on the ball and was good with it as well. I'm pleased with his performance."

Aside from Ferguson's injury, illness ruled Mark Yeates and John Herron out of places in the squad. They will now be assessed prior to the game against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.   

"That's no excuse but we are struggling with a bug that's going round and a fair few of the lads have had it, including a couple that played today. We'll try and make sure that we can get rid of that as soon as we can so that we can be fresh for Tuesday," the manager added.

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