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McDonald Ready For Wigan Test

11 December 2015

Manager Previews Latest Fixture

Neil McDonald says Blackpool will look to make the most of their counter attacking opportunities against a strong Wigan outfit tomorrow.

The Seasiders return to action after a fortnight without a game, determined to build on victory against Fleetwood Town last time out.

"We've had a little bit of a break, we've worked hard on the training ground and we're looking forward to the game now because it seems ages since we had the last one," the manager said.

"They'll be a strong outfit, they're very powerful up top and they play some really good football and they make the pitch very, very big. We have to try and counter attack that as much as we can, but we should have space to play."

The two sides faced each other in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last month and although the line-ups will be different, lessons will be taken from the previous encounter.   

"If we play and create chances then we have to be like Wigan were in the last half an hour against us in the JPT. When the chances came along they stuck it in the back of the net, and that was the big difference on that night.

"Myself and Richie went to watch them against Barnsley in the JPT last weekend and we've got a good insight to how they try to play and what their strengths and weaknesses are again."

Away from opposition scouting, the manager continues to take in fixtures with a view to identifying and recruiting players for when the January transfer window opens.

"We've been out a lot watching players from all different teams and levels. We've got a list of players where we're trying to inquire and see if they'll come in the January window. That will be non-stop now until the window opens."

In the meantime the focus is on a jam-packed Christmas period, with training schedules and community visits all now arranged.

"We've done the schedule for the Christmas period for days off and days in, so the players know what they're doing and where they are. We'll be in the majority of days, but it's a busy schedule over Christmas and we're all looking forward to it," he added.

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