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McPhillips: Solid Defensively But Must Be Better Up Top

Manager Reacts To Charlton Stalemate

16 February 2019

Terry McPhillips was delighted to see his Blackpool side keep an 18th clean sheet of the season at Charlton Athletic, though admitted the goal record at the other end must improve.

The Seasiders put in a typically resilient performance at The Valley and extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to seven matches.

The point against The Addicks came just four days after a draw away at Sunderland, leaving the team in eighth place.

“It’s been a busy week, an eventful week and there’s been a lot of travelling. We feel we should have more points, especially on Tuesday when we should have had a stone-wall pen. I thought Tilty got to the ball first today and that should have been a pen, but it wasn’t as clear as the one on Antony Evans on Tuesday,” the manager said.

“We’ve kept 18 now I think, 16 in the league, so we’ve got the record for that at the moment. We’ve just got to do a bit better at the other end now. When you’re on top, you’ve got to score your goals.”

The stalemate at Charlton came despite Blackpool being without the services of several players due to injury and illness, while Chris Long departed the field early in the second-half.

“Longy was just cramping up,” McPhillips explained. “We’ll have to look after him a bit. Jordan was just ill. He’s actually fine now but we weren’t going to bring him down here half ill. He’ll come back into contention next week, and Jay Spearing will certainly come into contention.”

Speaking post-match, the manager also confirmed that he had now spoken to the receiver set to come in at Bloomfield Road, however he’s still awaiting further developments with regards to the club’s future.

“We can only tell the players what we know, and we don’t know much,” he said. “The players are better than me because they’re all on Twitter and all that, so they can tell me a thing or two. We had a meeting on Thursday and there’s nothing we can do about the situation. We’ll just crack on, stick together, work our socks off, try and stay on this run, but win a few more games.”

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