Cousins suspended for Swansea trip

Cousins suspended for Swansea trip

Cup win over QPR shows strength in depth at Blackpool says McPhillips

READ MORE: Blackpool 2 QPR 0Pool caused an upset by knocking their Championship opponents out with a fully deserved 2-0 win at Bloomfield Road, Armand Gnanduillet and Jay Spearing claiming the goals.

McPhillips made five changes from Saturdays stalemate with Luton Town as Blackpool eased through to the last 16 for the first time since 2007, extending their unbeaten run to 11 games in the process.

The midfielder was sent off in the 70th minute for his second bookable offence at Bloomfield Road as QPR lost 2-0 to the Seasiders in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

The Pool boss said: We were disappointed with our performance on Saturday, especially the first half. That was the worst weve been on this run were on.

The dismissal means the 24-year-old will serve a one-match ban and will therefore not be available for this weekends league fixture at the Liberty Stadium.

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I thought wed get a response but you never know. We made five changes and they were all brilliant. We were good and it just shows the competition for places.

Ben Heneghan has had some cracking performances of late, so theres tough competition there in defence. Paudie OConnor was really unlucky not to play in either of the last two games.

The Bloomfield Road outfit took the lead just before the half-hour mark as Armand Gnanduillet converted Ben Heneghans knock-down, while the latter and Jay Spearing went close to a second.

I think all the other outfield subs have got on and Paudie could have had a start, but hes just got to keep going and wait for his chance.

Steve McClaren says Queens Park Rangers 2-0 defeat at Sky Bet League One side Blackpool in the Carabao Cup third round was an eye-opener for some of his players.

The left-back (Marc Bola) has done superb. Ollie Turton has done well at right-back but Notts (Michael Nottingham) has come in and done great. Theres competition all over.

Callum Guy was superb. In fact, the midfield three were all really good. The wide men and Armand were a handful too.

Blackpool, who will find out their fourth round opponents on Saturday night, opened the scoring late in the first half thanks to Gnanduillets close-range effort.

QPR, who never seriously tested Mark Howard in the Blackpool goal, were reduced to 10 men for the final 20 minutes after Jordan Cousins was shown a second yellow, then Spearing made sure of the win in the last minute.

The lads were brilliant. We made five changes and they were all brilliant. It just shows you the competition for places, he said.

Blackpool had to deal with a physical onslaught from QPR, who committed 22 fouls in total, 18 of those in a whistle-ridden first half.

McPhillips added: It would have been nice to get that second goal a bit earlier but to a man, including all the subs, we were brilliant.

Its no secret that sticking it in the net has been a problem for us, but weve kept another clean sheet against a team that made a lot of changes but still had good players who have gone for big money in the past.

Its a massive club in the Championship but you can only concentrate on our lads and I thought we were superb.

It was a physical game but we dealt with that well. I thought we kept our discipline. They booted us all over the place to be fair.

I never felt really threatened but you never know when its 1-0. But the game-management was superb from the lads and we saw it through well.

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