Angus MacDonald spoke to the media following the Reds FA Cup exit this evening at Oakwell..
Despite getting his first Reds goal this evening in front of the Ponty End, Angus was disappointed to see his side knocked out of the FA Cup, especially with the decisive goal coming with barely a minute remaining on the clock in extra time.
"It's not a nice way to go out" he said. "You know, going all the way through to extra time and then going into the last couple of minutes and conceding. The boys stuck at it but fair play to Blackpool for putting their bodies on the line. We were pushing to get that winner to stop it even going to extra time and then in extra time we kept on going for that winner, but like I say they put everything on the line and so fair play to them."
There were periods in the game where it was practically an attack vs defence scenario with the opposition pulling every man back and the Reds failed to add a second goal to MacDonald's early equaliser. But the former Torquay man feels Blackpool deserve credit for getting their plan to work.
He said: "They did it at their place, we went there and they stuck to that game-plan and so fair play, they did it again and got the win. Every goal can be stopped in some shape or form but their lad has done well to put one past Davo (Adam Davies) right at the death."
That first goal of Angus' was celebrated in some fashion, he also picked up the Man of the Match award for his performance but he was clear that he'd have swapped his Champagne for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, before turning his attention to the league games coming up against Leeds United and Rotherham United.
"Obviously it's been a long time coming that goal. I was happy to get it, but it's just a shame to lose though. It's about the team and the result and we didn't get it. But you're not going to get through a season without a few minor blips here and there. And tonight was a minor blip for us. It's a shame to get knocked out of the cup, it's gutting, but we now move on to two massive Yorkshire Derbies back-to-back.
"We're really looking forward to Leeds this Saturday. I felt we deserved something at their place earlier in the season so hopefully we can get something out of that game."