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McPhillips: Fine Margins

Interim Boss On 2-1 Defeat

11 August 2018

Terry McPhillips bemoaned the fine margins that denied Blackpool a late equaliser in a 2-1 home defeat to Portsmouth.

An 82nd minute goal from Mark Cullen kicked-off a late rally from Blackpool, with the striker seeing a second effort ruled out in added time for offside.

Speaking post-match, here’s what Pool’s interim manager had to say…  

So close late on.

It was a shame. It’s fine margins, isn’t it? We had a good go and Cully got his goal and the response from the lads was terrific. It was just offside, I think, the one at the end.

Impact of substitutes.

The subs have all come on and done well, which lifted the crowd. The crowd got behind the players and the players stepped up to the mantle and caused them lots of problems second-half.

First-half display.

After the first two or three minutes where we dominated, we didn’t keep that going and we looked leggy, I thought. They’ve had a tough week and a lot to deal with, but we got to half-time and I knew they were going to do better second-half, and they did. We nearly got the equaliser in the end.  

Disappointing goals to concede.

The goals weren’t very good, and I think they’ll be disappointed with the goal they conceded as well. The first goal is a bit of confusion and the lad nips in and finishes with aplomb, and the second goal – he’s just such a handful Hawkins – the other lad times his run and gets in behind. They’re disappointing goals from our point of view and we need to do better.  

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