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McPhillips: Arsenal Quality Told

Manager Reacts To Cup Exit

5 January 2019

Terry McPhillips admitted that it was Arsenal’s quality in the final third that told, as Blackpool exited the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

A brace from Joe Willock and a late goal from Alex Iwobi secured a 3-0 victory for The Gunners, with The Seasiders unable to make anything of their own attacking play.

“I think we gave a good account of ourselves but didn’t cause the problems we caused them down there, which is a bit disappointing,” McPhillips said. “We did play more expansive and did have some good play, and we did have some half chances. We just lacked that bit of quality that they’ve got, of course, in the final third.”

Although Armand Gnanduillet had a good shot saved by Petr Cech inside five minutes, Willock’s opener in the 11th minute set the tone for the visitors.

“We shouldn’t have given the foul away for starters,” the manager insisted. “The free-kick then hits the inside of the bar and they react better than us. That was disappointing. We didn’t get a lot of luck on the second goal and I think the third one was offside.

“But the endeavour, work-rate and spirit should stand us in good stead for the rest of the season,” he added.

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