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McPhillips: Harsh Score But Crowd Magnificent

Manager Reflects On 1-1 Draw With Doncaster Rovers

13 March 2019

Terry McPhillips felt Blackpool's 1-1 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers last night was a 'bit harsh' but once again praised The Seasiders' noisy support.

A 49th minute goal from Michael Nottingham had given the team the advantage in blustery conditions at Bloomfield Road, yet a stunning strike from Tommy Rowe left the side settling for a point. 

"I thought it was a bit harsh on us. I thought we should have won," the manager said. "We’ve had the better chances and I thought we controlled most of the game. We just haven’t been clinical enough.

"I thought the crowd was magnificent again, relentless. It’s a big help and I thought the lads put a shift in again for them. We need to be winning those games to make it exciting."

As well as handling the weather conditions, Blackpool also had to reshuffle the pack throughout the game due to injuries. Donervon Daniels (thigh) and Curtis Tilt (hip) were both forced off, joining fellow defenders Ollie Turton (hamstring) and Marc Bola (hamstring) on the sidelines. 

"We’ll assess them both. Tilty’s got a problem with his hip, and tt was a bang on the hip where he’s had a problem before. I thought Michael Nottingham and Pritch, who came on, were excellent. Notts went and got us a goal again, which we know he can do.

"That’s how it goes sometimes (injuries in one area), isn’t it? We’ve gone from leaving lads out the squad to being a bit sparse.

"But Marc Bola is training and has had some good training sessions now, so he’ll come into contention for sure."

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