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McPhillips Excited By Formation

Manager Sees Potential In 3-5-2 After Victory At Southend

17 November 2018

Terry McPhillips was excited by Blackpool’s potential in a 3-5-2 formation at Southend United.

The manager opted to change system for the match at Roots Hall and saw Ollie Turton and Armand Gnanduillet find the net in a 2-1 victory.

“The system is exciting. We’ve practiced it, it looks good, and we’ve definitely got the personnel for it,” he admitted. “We’ll be all the better for playing that, whether we play that again or not, I’d imagine we will.

“We had Ollie Turton and Marc Bola as two wing-backs that like to attack and make goals. Ollie scored one and Marc has made one. We’ve then had Ben Heneghan who has done well, Donervon who has come back and the three of them (including Curtis Tilt) have looked colossus at the back.

“The shape and the system’s exciting, and the lads were keen to do it. We’ll use it again when appropriate.”  

Though honest enough to admit his team can play better, the victory made it four on the spin for Blackpool.

“It was an exhilarating game, a close game – we were expecting a close game anyway – but I thought we shaded it and had the better chances,” McPhillips said. “I think the stats are even enough, but I thought we had the chances to kill the game off and we didn’t. We scored at the end and then their lad got sent off.”

The journey back to Bloomfield Road will bring to an end a hectic travel these past three weeks, which has seen trips to Arsenal, Gillingham, Exeter and now Southend.

“It’s fair to say we’re all goosed so we’ll go and enjoy a couple of days with family, recover, recuperate and go again in training on Tuesday,” the manager added.

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