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McPhillips: Disappointed Dressing Room

Manager Reveals Frustration Following Sunderland Draw

13 February 2019

Terry McPhillips revealed that the Blackpool players left Sunderland last night disappointed, having conceded a 75th minute equaliser.

A resilient, rearguard performance from the side had looked set to frustrate the hosts, with Armand Gnanduillet’s opener giving The Seasiders the perfect platform to take all three points.

When Antony Evans also went down in the box after half-time, the team felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty.   

“We’d have probably took a point before the game, but there’s real disappointment in the dressing room and frustration really that we haven’t got all three,” the manager admitted.

“We certainly thought that we should have had a penalty, it’s as simple as that. If you get the penalty and score your penalty, then you’re in the driving seat.

“Overall, the lads are disappointed and upset. To come here, get a point and be upset is a credit to them.”

On the subject of credit, there was post-match praise for midfielder Harry Pritchard, who spent most of the match as a makeshift left-back due to the loss of Marc Bola.

“We lost Bola early doors and Donervon didn’t make it either, so we were a bit short on defenders. Pritch goes in there (at left-back) and I thought he was magnificent.

“We also had the two new lads making their full debuts for us, Matty Virtue and Antony Evans, and I thought we played some good stuff at times,” McPhillips added.

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