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McPhillips: Different Team Second-Half

Manager Pleased With Response At Coventry

26 January 2019

Terry McPhillips reflected on a chalk and cheese performance from Blackpool, as The Seasiders recorded a 2-0 victory at Coventry City.

A lacklustre first-half showing in a 4-4-2 formation at The Ricoh Arena left much to be desired, however the team responded to a tactical change with goals from Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet after the interval.

“We lost Longy just before the game because he felt a bit tight and we didn’t want to risk him. Nick Anderton came in then and we pushed Bola up one. I’ll hold my hand up because it didn’t quite work,” the manager admitted.

“I thought once we changed it we looked a different team and obviously in the second-half we did really well.”

One particular player who stood out was Chris Mafoumbi in goal, who thwarted Jordy Hiwula on a number of occasions. The Congo international has performed well since stepping in for the injured Mark Howard.

“We rode our luck at times and Chris Mafoumbi has played really well again. It was his third game on the trot and he’s kept three clean sheets,” McPhillips said.

“Full credit to the players today. It’s a tough place to come and they were neck-and-neck with us before the game. It was not dissimilar to the game at home when we beat them 2-0. We were clinical and Armand became a handful in the second-half,” he added.


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