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McPhillips: Didn't Do Enough

Manager Reacts To Checkatrade Trophy Defeat

10 October 2018

Terry McPhillips says his much-changed Blackpool side didn’t do enough against West Brom’s under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy last night.

The manager opted to rotate his squad for the 2-1 defeat, with 10 players coming into the line-up for the club’s second group stage game in the competition.

“I thought they were the better side in the actual quality of chances that they got. Chris (Mafoumbi) did very well,” McPhillips said.

“In the end we haven’t done enough. It was a good opportunity for some of the other lads to stake a claim, and I’m not sure they’ve done enough.

“It was good that we got minutes for a lot of lads that needed it though, and they’ve all had a fair go now.”

One notable starter was former Pool striker Steven Davies, who was registered as a non-contract player to feature in the match. He played 64 minutes and scored The Seasiders’ only goal.

“I thought for 25 minutes we weren’t at the races, and that was everybody. For the next 10 minutes I thought we were excellent and really asked them some questions, but we didn’t seal the deal until Davo got his goal. We then came to life and played some good stuff, and he was part of that.

“He got his goal, which was good, and he was a handful. We hit him a few times and he can control it and set people up. Davo was fine and scored his goal, and that’s all he can do,” he added.

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