‘Stunned’ McDonald can’t believe second half collapse

It was all looking so good when Jack Redshaw put Pool ahead
It was all looking so good when Jack Redshaw put Pool ahead
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A second half shocker saw Blackpool fall to their third defeat in eight days at home to Burton last night and manager Neil McDonald couldn’t believe his eyes.

Jack Redshaw’s first goal for the club had given the Seasiders a well deserved half-time lead before two goals from Abdenasser El Khayati won it for the visitors.

It extends Blackpool’s winless run to 200 days and McDonald was less than impressed.

“I can’t believe how well we played in the first half and how different we were in the second half,” he told The Gazette.

“We had seven good chances and really needed that second goal, I think, but it didn’t come.

“In the second half we didn’t pass the ball like we did in the first, never held the ball up like we did in the first and didn’t create like we did in the first.

“They put the pressure on us and we couldn’t cope.”

The winning goal came five minutes from time, when Khayati smashed a superb free-kick into the top corner after a clumsy foul from substitute Charles Dunne.

It was the build-up to the goal which annoyed the Pool manager most.

McDonald added: “I don’t think we’d given a silly free-kick away all game, then we did so with five minutes to go and it was severely punished.

“I’m a little bit angry but we have to move on to Sheffield United.

“It’s hugely disappointing to lose the game after a brilliant opening 45 minutes.

“I don’t think that’s overstating it – it’s the best we’ve played but we just didn’t do it after the break.

“You have to give Burton credit – they upped the tempo, put the ball into key areas and we just couldn’t cope with that.”

The result continued Burton’s impressive start to life in League One, and manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said their second-half display was as good as he’s seen.

“We got what we deserved from the game,” the Dutchman said. “I thought we started well and then had a slow period just before half-time.

“But it was one of the most dominant second-half displays I’ve seen from my team.

“We worked hard, came out very quickly and did everything correctly. We deserved to win the game.”