Terry McPhillips was quick to acknowledge that Blackpool weren’t at their best, as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat in testing conditions at Oxford United.
A strong, swirling wind on a bitterly cold afternoon at the Kassam Stadium wreaked havoc for both sides, however it was the hosts who played the conditions better and proved clinical with their opportunities.
“Conditions were atrocious and we weren’t at our best. The conditions affected the game because it wasn’t a very good game to watch,” the manager admitted.
“I didn’t think the referee had a particularly good game from our point of view – I thought it was a foul on Ollie Turton for the first goal, which was an own goal. We then didn’t defend well enough for the second goal, just before half-time.”
Despite going in two goals down at the break, an enforced substitution saw Armand Gnanduillet replace Ollie Turton and the manager feeling that the game was still there to take something from.
“I still fancied us at half-time, with the wind and the conditions, to pelt them a bit more than we did. A couple of chances fell to Ben, the first one where he couldn’t adjust his feet and the second one I think he should score.
“We probably didn’t stick it on them as much as I’d have liked in the second-half and didn’t play the conditions well enough. We had the advantage with the wind and rain in the second-half, but we didn’t really create enough and couldn’t put the ball in the net.”