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McDonald: Hard Work Paid Off

12 December 2015

Manager Delighted With Winning Display at Wigan

Neil McDonald was thrilled to see Blackpool's hard work on the training ground pay off with a solid display and victory at Wigan Athletic.

Tom Aldred's first-half header was enough to decide the game at the DW Stadium, resulting in the team's second away win in the league this season.

In difficult conditions at the DW Stadium, The Seasiders remained resolute and backed up the three points picked up against Fleetwood Town last time out.

"Our first-half performance with the ball was good, we passed it well and created four really good chances," McDonald said. "We took one of them from a great set-play with Tom attacking the ball.

"The second-half was all about defending and putting bodies on the line, and being smart in where we had to defend. We're really, really pleased with the performance over the 90 minutes. It was a brilliant away victory.

"We've worked very hard on the training ground in the last two weeks trying to build up to this game, and we certainly put that into practice on game day."

The manager sprung a tactical surprise for the fixture by deploying Will Aimson in a holding midfield role, and it was one that worked to perfection. 

"They might have thought we were playing three at the back, especially with Will being on the team sheet. They played one-up front and Will shielded that really well and stopped the source. When we got the ball he passed it really well and it set us off in open play."

The result lifts Blackpool out of the League One relegation zone and the challenge now is to build some momentum and climb further up the table.  

"That's two clean sheets and six points on the bounce, which is fantastic. We haven't won enough away from home but the battling performance, as well as the performance in the first-half with the ball, is very encouraging. We must keep the run going, we need to move up that league and we need to take points from the away opposition, as well as keep our home form going, which is excellent," McDonald added.


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