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McPhillips: Fantastic Spirit

Interim Manager Praises Character To Battle Back

5 September 2018

Terry McPhillips hailed the spirit of his squad after a much-changed Blackpool side battled back to draw 3-3 at Macclesfield Town in added time.

Only Ben Heneghan and Marc Bola retained their places in the line-up for the Checkatrade Trophy group stage fixture, as Callum Guy and Ryan McLaughlin both made competitive debuts for the club.

Despite racking up the opportunities, it took goals from John O’Sullivan and Paudie O’Connor in the 90th and 94th minutes to secure a point.

Speaking post-match, here’s what interim manager Terry McPhillips had to say…

Spirit shone through.

It was a really good game, entertaining, vital minutes for lads that haven’t played, lots of changes as you saw on the team-sheet, and it was just a great chance to get lots of players involved. Young Fin getting on as well, I thought he did well.

The spirit of the lads, to get two goals at the death, was terrific and it sort of epitomises what we’re all about.

Need to take chances.

Guess what we’re doing on Thursday? Crossing and finishing. The crossing was fine, but it was just the finishing. We will do crossing and finishing in training on Thursday, and we will have to do better.  It’s as simple as that.

The way we played the game, it was always going to be open and expansive, and there was always going to be chances. I thought Macclesfield were good and the lads up front were a handful.

But if you count up the chances, we had the most and just didn’t take enough.

Goal for Callum Guy on his debut.

It was a great debut for Callum, and he can do that. I think he’s only played 75 minutes of an under-23 game so to last as long as he lasted is a credit to him. I thought it was an excellent debut from him.   

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