Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips explains why he's favouring Sheffield United's Ben Heneghan over Leeds' Paudie O'Connor

Ben Heneghan of Sheffield United collides with Paul Huntington of Preston North End during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Sheffield United and Preston North End at Bramall...

Blackpool have taken defenders on loan from Sheffield United and Leeds United this season.

Blackpool's Manager Terry McPhillips (right) celebrates at the final whistle with Ben Heneghan during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool at Keepmoat...

The form of Sheffield United's Ben Heneghan is partly to blame for the absence of Leeds United's Paudie O'Connor in Blackpool's last two matches, according to the Tangerines' boss.

O'Connor has played seven times since signing for Blackpool on loan from Leeds ahead of the campaign.


None of those appearances have arrived since 4th September however, four games ago.

In the meantime, it is a combination of Curtis Tilt, Donervan Daniels and Ben Heneghan - borrowed from Sheffield United - which has been favoured by Terry McPhillips, the Blackpool manager.

And asked to explain the Leeds player's omission, McPhillips told the Blackpool Gazette: “There’s good competition with Tilty (Tilt) and Ben there, with Donervon coming back into contention after Saturday.

Blackpool's Paudie O'Connor scoring his side's third goal  during the Checkatrade Trophy Group C match between Macclesfield Town and Blackpool at Moss Rose Ground on September 4, 2018 in...

"Then there’s Paudie so there’s really good competition for places.

"Ben Heneghan has had some cracking performances of late so there’s tough competition there in defence. The lad Matt Smith (the Queens Park Rangers striker) who Ben was marking was right down his street.

"Paudie O’Connor was really unlucky not to play in either of the last two games. 

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

Signed from Limerick in 2017, O'Connor made his Leeds debut in April this year and impressed in his four Whites appearances to earn a new two-year contract.

Maudie O'Connor of Leeds clears the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sunderland at Elland Road on April 7, 2018 in Leeds, England.

At 21, O'Connor is by far the youngest and least experienced of Blackpool's central defensive options.

Heneghan, for example, has made close to 100 more first team appearances, despite having only played once for Sheffield United.

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