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McDonald: We've Let Ourselves and Fans Down

8 May 2016

Manager On Blackpool's Confirmed Relegation

Neil McDonald pulled no punches following Blackpool's confirmed relegation to League Two and was quick to apologise to the fans.

The manager openly admitted that his side just hadn't been good enough to win the games required, with a second-half collapse at Peterborough United summing up the campaign.  

"It was never just going to be about today. We've let ourselves down throughout the season by not scoring enough goals and when we've taken the lead we haven't shown enough backbone to finish games off. That's certainly cost us," he said.

"I'm very sorry that we haven't been able to amass enough points to stay in the league. We're a brand new team but that's not an excuse. From the start that we had, we've been playing catch-up all the way through and certainly the lack of goals hasn't helped in that situation."

A bright start against Peterborough United, in a game The Seasiders had to win, faltered following news of Fleetwood's lead against Crewe and ultimately led to a 5-1 defeat. 

"Knowing what the score was at half-time from Fleetwood left us resigned to the fact that we were probably relegated and we stopped doing what we did first-half. The players have embarrassed themselves in there with their second-half performance and they've certainly embarrassed me. I'm embarrassed for the fans who came down and watched that second-half performance."

McDonald says the club now has 'a whole lot of soul searching to do' ahead of the summer, while decisions must be made on players to retain for the future. 

"It's always difficult at the end of a season, especially after getting relegated, to make decisions on people's careers. It's not a very nice thing to do," he added.

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