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McPhillips: Electrifying Start To Second-Half

Managed Pleased With Powerful Response

24 November 2018

Terry McPhillips praised an electrifying start to the second-half that resulted in Blackpool beating Burton Albion 3-0 at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders’ were quick out of the blocks following a goal-less first-half and wrapped up another three points with goals from Armand Gnanduillet, Jordan Thompson and Joe Dodoo.

“We didn’t do so well first-half, which is not like us, but when we’ve been off it first-half, we’ve nearly always produced a second-half performance,” the manager said.

“That was an electrifying start to the second-half for us, and we were powerful. The front two, from being so, so in the first-half, were outstanding in the second-half and a real handful. We scored quality goals and were clinical.”

Dodoo’s strike was his fourth goal in as many games, having returned to the squad in fine fashion after a period on the sidelines.

“Joe missed a lot of games because we didn’t feel he was doing well enough but he got his chance again, like they’re all going to get a chance again with being part of a squad, and he’s took it with both hands. Second-half he was phenomenal,” McPhillips admitted.

Another pleasing aspect for the manager was the clean sheet, which was Blackpool’s tenth in the league this season.

“We’ve sort of gone to this system because that is a strength of ours (defending). We’ve got lads who can do the wing-back roles and we’ve got the centre-halves, including Paudie (O’Connor) who was on the bench today.

“We turned it on second-half and we know we’re a match for anyone. We’ve got to keep it going now.”

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