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McPhillips: Real Shift Without Reward

Manager Disappointed With Late Defeat

26 December 2018

Terry McPhillips credited the shift that 10-man Blackpool put in at Rochdale, despite falling to a late, 2-1 defeat.

The manager felt his side were more than deserving of a draw at Spotland, having held the opposition at bay for long periods without the ball.

“That’s football, isn’t it? You don’t always get what you deserve. I thought we deserved a draw,” he said.

“I thought the lads were brilliant in the way they defended. They put a right shift in and I couldn’t have asked for any more effort.

“I think the referee has had a reasonable game in all the decisions, bar the crucial ones. It’s certainly a penalty for Armand (in the first-half). There’s just no doubt - I don’t need to watch the video back to see that Armand got there first and the goalie wiped him out. That was majorly disappointing.”

The other disappointing aspect from a Blackpool perspective was the dismissal of Jordan Thompson, with the manager quick to acknowledge that the Northern Ireland international must channel his temper.

“Jordan shouldn’t do what he’s done, he shouldn’t react. He’s got to learn from that because it’s cost us today. He’s a good player who is going to get kicked, and he’s actually got stamped on. I’ve actually seen that back on the DVD and the referee has booked him. They should have both been sent off,” McPhillips added.

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