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McPhillips: We Gave Them A Scare

Manager Proud of Display At Arsenal

31 October 2018

Terry McPhillips was a proud man after watching his Blackpool side give Arsenal a scare in the Carabao Cup.

The Seasiders, with a man advantage, took the game to The Gunners in the second-half and reduced a two-goal deficit through Paudie O’Connor.

However, O’Connor was later sent off himself, leaving Arsenal to see the game out at 2-1 and progress to the fifth round of the competition.

“What a show, what a performance. We gave them a scare and I thought the lads were terrific to a man. To come here, the best team in Europe at the moment with the run that they’re on and scare them, is brilliant,” McPhillips said.  

“The sending off helped, obviously. That got us back in the game, though I felt that they scored from their only two chances. I don’t think Mark Howard has really had a save to make.

“With 11 vs 10, we had them on the back foot. Jay has had half a chance after pinching it off the goalie, and Paudie has hit the cross bar and then scored.

“I thought the referee did great, and his assistants, but I didn’t think Paudie’s was a straight red. I expected a yellow.

“We were in the ascendancy and that was then taken away from us, but full credit to the players because they were brilliant tonight.”

With heads firmly held high after the display, all focus now turns to building on this performance when hosting Bristol Rovers on Saturday.  

“It should hold us in good stead now, I’m hoping. The big game is now Saturday against Bristol Rovers. We’ve got a long journey back so we will rest and recover, be off tomorrow and be back in on Friday for a big game,” McPhillips added.  

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