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McPhillips: Gutted To Leave With Point

Manager On 2-2 Draw At League Leaders Luton

6 April 2019

Terry McPhillips revealed that Blackpool were gutted to leave table toppers Luton Town with just a point.

A late leveller from Jason Cummings prevented The Seasiders from becoming the first side to beat The Hatters in 28 matches, having initially fought back from a goal down to take the lead.

Opportunities on the counter-attack, with Luton reduced to 10 men, could have wrapped up the three points, yet those chances weren’t finished off.   

“It was eventful. Credit to our lads, they’ve come here and given the top of the league a really good scare, a good game, and probably should have won it,” the manager said.

“We knew we couldn’t play wide open, so we had a bit of a plan, similar to Bradford, but these are the best team in the league by a distance. You’d have to say the plan was working, then there was the sending off and I’m certain we should have had a penalty.

“But we should have been more clinical, like we were at Bradford. If Armand puts his one away, we go and win the game, but they are the best team in the league and while there’s still one goal in it, they’re knocking on the door and throwing the kitchen sink at you. In the end, it’s a really scabby one that has gone through the legs of someone.

“It’s a really disappointed dressing room. We’ve come to Luton, got a 2-2 and we’re gutted.”

Despite the feeling that accompanied the full-time whistle, there was praise for Crystal Palace loanee Nya Kirby, who scored his first goal in senior football.

“Nya’s got a hell of a lot to do and he finishes it with aplomb. That’s what he’s been doing in training and that’s why he’s got the shirt today. I’m really pleased for him because he’s a cracking lad and it’s his first league goal,” McPhillips added.

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