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McDonald Looks To Improved 2016

31 December 2015

Manager Previews Burton Fixture

Neil McDonald hopes 2016 brings further improvement for his side, as Blackpool look to kick-on for the second half of the season. 

The Seasiders start the New Year at high-flying Burton Albion, buoyed by recent form against some of the top six sides in the division.

"We've got 25 points out of 23 games but we've got to aim for more than 25 points in the next 23 games," the manager told the official website. "We'll set little targets as we go along and hopefully we can improve on the start that we've had already. 

"We've competed really well against the top teams, and these are one of the top teams in the league. I thought we gave them a good run for their money at the start of the season."

The last meeting between the teams ended in a 2-1 defeat for Blackpool, however the first-half performance in that fixture saw the players create plenty of problems for the opposition. 

"I thought it was one of our best performances, especially in the first 45 minutes, but a game lasts more than 90 minutes. We're starting to compete a lot more now with the teams up above and we must continue that all the way through until the end of the season."

A recent managerial change at Burton has seen Nigel Clough return to the club, with a few tweaks noticeable in his first three games back.

"He's slightly changed the formation but it remains to be seen after the work that he's been doing whether he keeps to that formation or goes back to the old one. 

"They're a hard team to play against, they're a hard team to break down and they're certainly hard to score against."

Blackpool will be without Dean Lyness due to the terms of his loan agreement, though one or two injured players could return to the squad.

"I'm hoping that a couple will be back. Fingers crossed we'll have two or three more in the squad than what we had the other day," McDonald added.

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