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McPhillips: First-Half Not Acceptable

Manager Unhappy With Final Day Showing

4 May 2019

Terry McPhillips labelled Blackpool’s first-half performance as unacceptable following a 3-0 defeat to Gillingham.

The Seasiders were off-key in their final fixture of the season and found themselves with a mountain to climb after just 40 minutes of play.

“The first-half is not acceptable. As well as we’ve done all season with the spirit and the fight, it wasn’t there first-half,” the manager said.

“I thought second-half we did much better and just needed a goal to spark. We didn’t get the goal to spark the comeback and probably gave ourselves too much to do anyway. We paid for our mistakes.”

The most pleasing aspect of the match came for club captain Jimmy Ryan, who marked his return from a 12-month injury absence with a strong personal performance as a substitute at the interval.

“The positive was Jimmy coming on and showing some of what he can do. It’s one year today, if you like, that he last played, which was the last game of last season. I thought he really affected it and was instrumental in lots of good stuff,” McPhillips added.

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