Manager Reflects On Season Opener
Neil McDonald was happy with a promising start from his new-look Blackpool side, as the team drew 2-2 at Colchester United.
The manager handed eight players debuts from the start at The Weston Homes Community Stadium and was especially pleased with the first-half performance.
“It was a really tough game for us, we created a fair few chances in the first-half and really should have been in the lead by more, I thought,” he said. “They hit a wonder strike into the top corner which put them back into the game and we then scored just before half-time so I was pleased with that.
“In the second-half they played the ball forward quickly and won the knock-downs more than what we did, so that was the disappointing thing for me. They got the goal and I think they probably deserved the draw. I’m happy with the point.”
Blackpool’s two goals came courtesy of striker Mark Cullen, who built on his displays in pre-season and looked a constant threat on the ball.
“He’s a goalscorer and he’s scored all the way through pre-season. I thought he took his goals just like a poacher, with the first one especially which was a tap in. The second one he pulled off into space, took people on and put the ball into the back of the net. I hope he can do more of that.”
The message from the manager to the squad now is to continue the improvement week on week, with games against Northampton Town and Rochdale next up.
“I’m happy with the progress but there’s still lots to do. I’m really pleased and really proud with how they’ve dealt with the last six weeks,” he added.