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McPhillips: Vast Improvement Expected

Manager Seeks Response Against Bradford City

22 March 2019

Terry McPhillips says a vast improvement is needed and expected when Blackpool take on Bradford City at Valley Parade tomorrow.

There has been an all-round sense of frustration this week following a lacklustre defeat to Burton Albion, yet the manager is backing his side to come good again.

“I’m really hoping there will be a vast improvement in performance. We need to give a better account of ourselves than we did last week,” he insisted.

“These lads bounce back and roll their sleeves up when the going gets tough. That’s what I’m expecting on Saturday.”

The match against The Bantams will also see McPhillips sit in the opposite dugout to former Pool boss Gary Bowyer, who initially brought him to the club in 2017. The pair also previously worked together at Blackburn Rovers.

Given that relationship and his understanding of Bowyer’s methods, McPhillips expects Bradford to ultimately achieve the task of remaining in Sky Bet League One, however Blackpool’s need will be greater for this weekend at least.   

“It’s going to be a bit surreal, but we’re doing everything we can to try and get a positive result,” he admitted. “We’re all trying to second guess everyone and do something totally different to what’s expected. It’s 11 vs 11 and a massive game for both teams. I’m sure it will be a good game.

“Apart from Saturday, we wish him (Gary) all the best. I do believe he’s the right man to galvanise people, motivate people and get them going. I think they’ve got the players to do it as well,” McPhillips added.

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