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McDonald On Blackpool's Siege Mentality

18 December 2015

Manager Looks To Keep Winning Run Going

Neil McDonald says Blackpool's resilience this season has been borne out of a siege mentality within the squad.

Written off in various quarters, The Seasiders continue to upset the odds when the chips are down and recorded one of their best results of the season at Wigan Athletic last weekend.

Spirits are high in the dressing room at Bloomfield Road and the players are determined to transform the club's fortunes by climbing back up the league.

"Everybody is against us, Blackpool are this and Blackpool are that, and that's the way we've tried to look at it," the manager said. "We've stayed in our little bubble and kept on believing that what we're doing is right. Hopefully the run that we're on now can kick us on up the league.

"Everybody is feeling good about themselves and we have to take that positivity into the game against Peterborough."

The visit of Graham Westley's side tomorrow will be a stern test, given their current form, but Blackpool's record at home since late-September has been good.  

"We're coming up against a fantastic team that has only just won their manager the Manager of the Month, so it's going to be another difficult game," McDonald continued.

"It's certainly achievable to try and get points out of the game and try and keep our mini run going at the moment. Our home form has been excellent."

The manager changed formation for the victory at the DW Stadium last time out, and that system could be considered again for this match.

"It was a great achievement and a great result, the performances were really good from everybody so I was well chuffed with that. It's not an easy place to go and to bring all three points away, considering they'd already beaten us in the JPT 4-0, made it was the most pleasing performance of the season.  

"We needed to change the system because of the way Wigan played, and whether we keep that remains to be seen."

It's hoped that Andy Little will make a return to the squad from injury for the fixture against Peterborough, however Jack Redshaw remains sidelined with shin splints.

"We've been to the surgeons and the experts to see where he's getting the pain from and see if we can work out how to eradicate it altogether. He's a little bit of a concern at the moment," he added. 

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