McDonald on Bury’s ‘unbelievable’ goals

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald
Blackpool boss Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald hailed Bury’s goals as “unbelievable” as his Blackpool side conceded four in 33 crazy minutes in the first half at Gigg Lane, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The manager watched in dismay as some questionable defending allowed Bury to run riot and take a 4-1 lead before going on to win 4-3.

Hayden White put through his own goal and strikes by Danny Rose, Chris Hussey and Tom Soares left Pool and McDonald stunned.

McDonald said: “It was a crazy game. I’ve never seen four goals like that before.

“The first was a free header, then an own goal which we had two chances to clear.”

“The goals weren’t easy to defend against. It’s not poor defending – they scored four unbelievable goals.”

Although Hussey and Soares found the net with moments of skill, many of those watching did point the finger at Pool’s defending for the first two goals. The visitors allowed Bury to attack the ball unmarked from corners and then failed to clear on the line.

When asked about this by The Gazette, McDonald snapped back: “You write the headlines, so if you want to say it’s poor defending, then yes, it’s poor defending. We should be winning the first header. Of course I’m frustrated.

“I’m really disappointed by the goals, they were preventable.”

Blackpool battled back into the game with Mark Cullen, Clark Robertson and a late Jack Redshaw penalty making things interesting.

And it’s the response of his players which pleased McDonald the most.

He said: “We showed a lot of composure after conceding early goals and almost got ourselves back into the game.

“We created a lot of chances and if we’d taken them all we would have got something out of the game.

“Conceding four goals so early on leaves you a mountain to climb.

“They took their first half chances and we didn’t.

“We had to just get that final pass and I thought we could have got back into the game.

“We just couldn’t get that fourth goal to get the point.

“Bury sat back and defended their lead, they didn’t give us much space to play.”