No regrets or apology from Blackpool boss McDonald

Captain David Ferguson (left) and debutant Will Aimson after Wigan's fourth goal
Captain David Ferguson (left) and debutant Will Aimson after Wigan's fourth goal
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Neil McDonald insisted he had no regrets over his team selections after Blackpool crashed out a second cup competition in four days.

The Pool boss again chose to rest regular starters and saw his side hammered 4-0 at Wigan in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last night.

After a similarly weakened side bowed out of the FA Cup at Barnet on Saturday, McDonald’s young team collapsed in the closing stages at the DW Stadium.

But the manager said: “I have no regrets. I have to pick a team which I think can win a game and I have done that all season.

“I try to pick the right team all the time. Hopefully I’ll pick the right team on Saturday.”

More than 400 Pool supporters made the trip to Wigan last night, and when asked by The Gazette if he felt the need to apologise to them, McDonald replied: “Why? Do you want me to apologise?

“We have not lost for the lack of trying. I try to pick a team to win every game, believe it or not.”

Jordi Hiwula’s goal was all that separated the sides at half-time but then three goals in the final half-hour killed Pool off.

Despite the scoreline, McDonald felt his side deserved more from the game. He added: “We are being heavily punished at the moment.

“I thought that for 60 minutes the performance was much better than at Barnet but you can never be pleased when you concede four goals.

“I thought Wigan were very clinical and when they had chances they put the ball in the back of the net. They showed us how it’s done.

“For an hour I was pleased with the performance but we are conceding far too many goals and not creating enough chances to win a game.

“We have been conceding the first goal for quite a while now and we really have to stop that.

“Our attacking play has to be much better too. We need to hit the target more.

“I thought we contained them quite well but the first goal was really telling.

“That made it an uphill battle, and when the second goal went in they showed what a good side they are, especially at home. They pass it and move it really well.”