Blackpool boss blasts ‘terrible’ defending

Will Aimson after Barnsley's fourth goal
Will Aimson after Barnsley's fourth goal
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Neil McDonald blasted his side’s defending after Barnsley ended Blackpool’s three-match winning run.

The Seasiders slumped to a 4-2 hammering at Oakwell on an afternoon when the home side looked likely to score with every attack.

And manager McDonald had no hesitation in aiming the blame at his back four.

“There’s no doubt our poor defending in the second half cost us the game,” said McDonald.

“It’s very frustrating. We scored two goals away from home and took nothing from the game. We didn’t defend well at all.

“We didn’t pass the ball well and didn’t get into the game at all in the first half. I thought we were poor.

“In the second half we were much better going forward and we attacked with much more promise.

“On the other side our defending was terrible and we conceded three.”

After falling behind after only three minutes, Pool found themselves back in the game when Mark Cullen fired a sensational goal against the run of play on 52 minutes.

But a crazy spell straight afterwards saw the Seasiders collapse, conceding two goals in three minutes.

And that left McDonald furious. The Pool boss said: “We conceded two goals straight after scoring, which is really disappointing. Defensively we were poor, particularly in the second half.

“We shouldn’t be conceding two goals straight after we have scored. We need to make sure things are tight right after we’ve scored.

“If you score two goals away from home, you shouldn’t be getting beaten.”

Cullen’s wonderstrike was the Seasiders’ only shot on target until the 87th minute, and their lack of a cutting edge up front is a real worry.

Yet McDonald was pleased with his side’s second-half attacking display, though he did point to their failure to take the opportunities which came their way.

None more so than Bright Osayi-Samuel’s incredible miss from just two yards with 11 minutes to go.

“We created better chances in the second half than they did but we didn’t take them,” McDonald said. “Bright’s chance would have put us right back in it but it wasn’t to be.”

The defeat sees Pool drop a place to 18th, two points above the drop zone.