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McPhillips: First Goal Is Massive

Manager Looks For Team To Start Well Against Charlton

7 December 2018

Terry McPhillips has stressed the importance of scoring that first goal when Blackpool and Charlton Athletic meet at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.

The Seasiders, who have kept 10 clean sheets in the league this season, will be aiming to end a run of two matches without finding the net, having failed to make dominant periods count.

“We had the chances before Doncaster to score, so that was disappointing, then the Solihull goalkeeper has done really well. The games are really tight, there’s not a lot in it and that first goal is massive in most games,” the manager said.

“Hopefully we can get back to scoring that first goal and back to winning ways on Saturday.”

The visit of The Addicks pits two sides currently pushing for the play-offs, with Lee Bowyer’s side occupying that sixth spot after 19 matches.

“They’re a good side and they’re on a good run as well. They made a lot of changes for their last game in the cup and we’re expecting a really tough game.

“But we’re at home and we want to win. I thought in the second-half against Burton we took it to another level, but it would be nice to start a game like that and get the three points.”

From a squad point of view, Blackpool also hope to welcome back a few players from injury.

“We had 20 outfield players training on Thursday, giving us a good chance to do some 11 vs 11. We’ve had a good week on that front,” McPhillips confirmed.  

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