Blackpool ‘outplayed’ leaders, claims McDonald

Jose Cubero makes his point to the referee
Jose Cubero makes his point to the referee
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Neil McDonald said his Blackpool side “outplayed and outran” leaders Gillingham despite slipping to their fifth defeat in seven League One games.

Neil McDonald said his Blackpool side “outplayed and outran” leaders Gillingham despite slipping to their fifth defeat in seven League One games.

It was a much-improved display from the Seasiders, who more than matched their Kent hosts throughout only for a late Brad Dack goal to break their hearts.

After going behind early at Priestfield Stadium, Pool battled back to level via a Ryan Jackson own goal six minutes after the break.

And when it looked like Pool were set for a well deserved point, Dack popped up with nine minutes to go to score a winner which displeased McDonald. The manager said: “We shouldn’t have to score three goals to win away from home.

“That’s another two we have conceded and I’m not very happy with that.

“I thought we played really well. We passed the ball a lot better, opened them up and created chances.

“If we’d got the second goal we’d have got a point at least. We deserved at least a point against a side at the top of the table. We outplayed them, outran them but just didn’t out score them.”

Pool, inspired by midfielder Brad Potts, responded well to the early setback and took the game to their hosts, but McDonald was disappointed they didn’t have more to show for all their good work.

He added: “We got a little bit of luck with our goal but we had two or three players in the box. That got us back in the game, then we started to boss it.

“I was hoping it was a matter of time before we got our second goal. Sadly it didn’t come.

“In the end we let a ball come into our box after a deflection and the lad finished it well. It was the killer goal.”

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh had predicted that facing Blackpool would be their toughest game of the season and so it proved, but he didn’t agree with McDonald that Pool were the better team.

Edinburgh said: “We had to remain patient and keep the belief. We knew it would be a difficult game – Blackpool played 4-5-1 and compacted the midfield.

“If we’d got that second goal early, I think we’d have opened Blackpool up more but we were worthy of the win.

“Blackpool are not the worst team we’ll play this season, make no mistake about that. The boy Potts in midfield caused problems and they were very well organised.”