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McPhillips: Probably Need Five

Manager Says Five Wins Required Ahead of Luton Trip

5 April 2019

Terry McPhillips believes Blackpool must win five of their final six league matches to try and secure a spot in the play-offs this season.

Currently six points of sixth placed Doncaster Rovers, The Seasiders have drawn too many games in recent weeks and know that it’s now or never in terms of clawing back that deficit.

Ahead of facing table toppers Luton Town this weekend, the boss was honest enough to admit the overall task in hand, as well as the challenge that awaits against a Hatters side unbeaten in 27 games.  

“We probably need five wins,” he stated. “They’ve got a superior goal difference, Doncaster. We’re now going to Luton and we are realistic.

“If we play to the level that we played against Bradford away down at Luton, then they’re in for a really tough game. I don’t think they’ll be wanting to play us.

“But they’re on a magnificent run and are used to winning games. It’s going to be tight and there’s going to be a big crowd on. They’ll be expecting to win and we’ve got to try and spoil the party.

“They are the best team we’ve played this season, for sure. We got a 0-0 here, but they play some lovely football and they’ve got some powerful athletes and goalscorers. They’ve got a system of play that they stick to come what may, and it works for them.”

Blackpool head to Kenilworth Road buoyed by the manner in which a draw was salvaged against Plymouth Argyle last time out, however an overall improvement on the 90-minute performance will be required.

“We seem to be getting into a habit of scoring really late goals. We didn’t play as well as we would have liked, but I think the spirit is there for everybody to see,” the manager added.

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