Assistant Boss reflects on Blackpool draw
Shrewsbury Town Assistant Manager, Chris Doig, wasn’t overly impressed by Town’s performance as they drew 1-1 with Blackpool.
Town went away with a point in their final away game of the normal season, but the hosts certainly had the better of the chances and Chris felt it had a slightly strange feel to it.
“At times it felt like an end of season affair to be honest”, Doig told the Press.
“I thought Blackpool played very well, they are a decent team. I’ve seen them quite a few times and they’ve got some good players.
“All in all you’d say it’s a good point away from home, but really it’s performances we are looking at and I’d say there’s a few aspects we are looking to improve in the next game and beyond.”
It wasn’t Town’s best performance but Sam Jones did grab his first goal of the season, much to the delight of Doig.
“It was nice for him, hopefully he will get a few more”, said Chris.
“He needs to let shots off a bit more often because he’s got a hell of a shot on him, so it was nice to see that one go it, but it’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalise on that and get another.”
Blackpool equalised early in the second-half, but Chris didn’t want to talk about the controversial equaliser which was initially ruled out for offside.
“I think that summed up the officials performance”, Doig said.
“It’s not the first time this season, it’s not the first time since we’ve been here, but what’s the point in talking about it?”
For much of the second-half Town were under the cosh and Doig praised Craig MacGillivray for keeping Shrewsbury in it.
“I thought he had a few good saves”, said Chris.
“I think we are probably indebted to Craig for coming away with a point. That’s his job ultimately, but he had a very good performance and can be happy with his days’ work.
“I think every time he has come in he’s performed to a very high standard. I’m sure he would have liked to have played more games, but obviously Deano’s been in fantastic form all season as well, so it’s been hard for Craig to come in and keep his place, but every time he’s been called upon he’s been fantastic, so that’s credit to him.”