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McDonald: We Must Add Goals

15 March 2016

Manager Reflects On Oldham Defeat

Neil McDonald says Blackpool must find some form in front of goal in order to maintain their status in League One.

The manager, speaking following a 1-0 defeat to Oldham Athletic, needs his forward players to step up and end a barren run that has seen the team score once in the last five matches. 

"You have to take the pressure off yourself by putting the ball in the back of the net and we haven't done that for a while, and that's the most concerning thing," McDonald told the official website. "We've tried different formations, we've tried everybody up top and none of the forward thinking players can get a goal for us at the moment.

"We need to score goals to turn things around and keep that confidence. We played well in the first-half tonight but we didn't score that goal to put them on the back foot."

The performance at Boundary Park was one of contrasting halves, with Blackpool unable to build on a strong first 45 minutes. 

"It was a very good first-half but again we didn't put the ball in the back of the net. They've punished us heavily with one or two chances that they've had. It was a poor performance second-half, in my opinion.

"I thought we dominated the first-half, but we didn't score and that puts pressure on the defensive side of play. Unfortunately we didn't stay with our man or close the ball down and they put it in the back of the net, which we should have done on numerous occasions tonight.

"The pressure is getting to us a little bit, we have to hold our nerve. If we play like we did in the first-half for the rest of the season then I'm sure we'll be fine," he added.

Blackpool will now look to bounce back with a visit to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.  

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