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McPhillips: Feeling of Disappointment

Manager Rues Set-Play Goals Conceded And Spearing Injury

30 January 2019

Terry McPhillips couldn’t hide an overall feeling of disappointment, despite Blackpool fighting back twice to draw 2-2 with Wycombe Wanderers.

The manager felt The Seasiders were made to pay for their own mistakes, having conceded two sloppy goals from set-pieces.

“Considering we scored late on, I suppose it is (a good point). But I think it’s disappointing that we haven’t won the game – I thought we were the dominant team – but we didn’t defend the set-plays very well and paid the price,” he said.

It was the introductions of Elias Sørensen and Nya Kirby for debuts off the bench that helped Blackpool salvage something from the game, with the latter winning an 83rd minute penalty.

“We were losing and I thought today was the day (to put them on),” the manager revealed. “They’ve had a couple of weeks with us now – Nya’s had a bit longer than Elias – but the plan was to get them on and get them involved. Elias didn’t really get a chance, but Nya’s won the penalty.

“It was a brilliant bit of skill, and he’s got that ability. He produced the goods and wanted to take the pen, but he wasn’t taking the pen. I got Tilty to get Harry Pritchard on that. Harry’s got a great record of scoring penalties for Maidenhead.”

The biggest blow of the night came inside the first five minutes, when skipper Jay Spearing hobbled off with a knee injury.

“He obviously had a little go to run it off but couldn’t. Notts gave him a short, little pass that ended up in a tackle and that’s that. We’ll now assess him, but that was disappointing,” McPhillips added.

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