Terry McPhillips was quick to admit that Blackpool weren’t at their best against Doncaster Rovers last night and lost to the better team.
The manager was happy with how The Seasiders performed for 45 minutes and acknowledged that a couple of good chances to take the lead went astray. However, a strike from Herbie Kane changed the complexion in first-half added time, prior to Doncaster adding another goal in the second-half.
“We weren’t at our best and got beat by the better team,” McPhillips said. “They’re a good team with good players, good forwards and a good system that they play.
“I thought we had the best chances before they scored – Nathan Delfouneso had a good chance and Joe Bunney had a really good chance – and I thought the way we set up was working in the first-half in stopping them from threatening our goal in particular.
“But just before half-time, we didn’t defend well near the halfway line and then there was some poor defending to let the lad get a free shot. We’d said not to let that lad shoot, or any of them to be fair. It was a hell of strike and right on the stroke of half-time you go in 1-0 down.”
Uncharacteristically, it was the lack of response in the second-half that brought the most disappointment, on a night when four changes were made to the side.
“Armand had one shot just past the post, but that’s the disappointing thing, that we didn’t rally like we have done.
“We made some changes – we’ve got three games in six days – and whether they were the correct ones, probably not. It’s great when it works out, but it probably hasn’t worked out for us this time,” the manager remarked.