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McPhillips: Good To Have Players Back

Manager Welcomes Selection Headache

16 November 2018

Terry McPhillips is pleased to have a selection headache ahead of Blackpool’s match at Southend United tomorrow, though admits leaving players out is one of the hardest parts of the job.

The squad that travelled to Essex today has been bolstered by the returns of Mark Howard, Marc Bola, Donervon Daniels and Jay Spearing, leaving the manager with a bit of a quandary.  

“We’ll have to leave some players behind,” McPhillips admitted. “We’ve been in that position before and it’s not a nice thing – I don’t like doing that – but from a selfish point of view, it’s good that we’ve got quite a lot of players now. There’s only Jimmy Ryan and Max Clayton that aren’t training at the moment.”

One player who has certainly staked his claim in the last two matches is Joe Dodoo, while Armand Gnanduillet marked the end of his suspension with a goal against Accrington Stanley in midweek.

“Fair play to Joe Dodoo, who I thought was outstanding on Saturday. He took his goals superbly well on Tuesday night, so he’s backed that up. I’m really pleased for him.

“Armand came back and looked a bit rusty first-half, then got better and took his goal well as well. It’s good when your strikers are scoring,” the manager stated.  

The Seasiders face Southend on the back of a testing month, however a three-match winning run has the squad in good spirits.

“This will be our fourth really long trip in two-and-a-half weeks so we’ll be glad when that’s all done. We plan to go down there and have a right, good go.

“They’re an experienced team and it’s a tight ground where the fans are on top of you. It’ll be a good atmosphere and I think we’re going to need to start well, like we did against Exeter. I’m expecting a tough game,” McPhillips added. 

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