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McDonald Praises Attacking Play

1 March 2016

Manager Reflects On Performance And Point At Chesterfield

Neil McDonald was full of praise for Blackpool’s attacking intent against Chesterfield and felt it warranted more than a point.

The Seasiders put in a fantastic first-half display at The Proact Stadium and saw the woodwork deny them goals on three occasions.

It took until the 54th minute for the deadlock to finally be broken by Brad Potts, however a super strike from Jay O’Shea drew the home side level.

“We’re disappointed with a point,” the manager told the official website. “Our creativity and forward play was excellent in the first-half and we shouldn’t have gone in at 0-0. We’ve hit the post and the bar three times and created loads of chances.

“Without a shadow of a doubt that’s the best we’ve played all season, the way we showed composure on the ball and passed it to the right people in the right spaces, exploiting the spaces that were left.”

A change in personnel and formation seemed to bring out the best in Blackpool going forward, with on-loan man Uche Ikpeazu leading the line well. 

“He was excellent and he was supported by the other attackers as well. Jack played really well and Danny found the space really well as well. It was a good little combination,” McDonald admitted.

The system switch also gave more freedom to Brad Potts, who put in one of his best displays of the season. 

“Brad got in a few times and he could have scored more than the one goal that he got tonight. He got on the ball in the positions we want him to be in and that was good to see.”

Meanwhile, Clark Robertson capped off a hectic 45 hours with an assured display at the back following the birth of his son in Scotland.  

“He’s done extremely well, he got the call at one o’clock in the morning and just got there for six to see his son born. He flew down this morning with my permission and we’ll now see what he wants to do about seeing the baby again before being ready for Millwall on Saturday,” McDonald added.

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