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McDonald: A Good Run Out

11 July 2015

Manager Reflects On Performance at Lancaster

Neil McDonald was pleased with various aspects of Blackpool's first performance of pre-season, despite the game ending after 75 minutes.

The manager watched on as his new-look side scored three goals at Lancaster City, with new signing Mark Cullen grabbing two of them.

The onus was on fitness, shape and taking responsibility, following an arduous training schedule in the lead up to the fixture.   

"We've worked them extremely hard over the two weeks we've been in and everybody has integrated really well. The information I've given them they've implemented as much as they could. I think the boys enjoyed the game and enjoyed scoring three goals, but we've still got a lot of work to do.

"On the whole I'm very, very pleased with the work they've done and the way they've applied themselves. We'll push on from here to the next game."

Team chemistry is something that will come with more minutes on the pitch, given the number of new players now at the club. However, McDonald has seen enough initially to know that the players are prepared to put a shift in for each other.  

"The players look as though they're working hard for each other, which is excellent, and they look as though they're going to help each other. We've seen that today, especially with the three goals we scored."

Attentions now turn to a game against Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night, with Jack Redshaw set to come into contention for his first appearance in a tangerine shirt.  

"I didn't want to take a chance with him today, he didn't come in for training until yesterday afternoon and I wasn't quite sure where he was (fitness wise). I wasn't prepared to take a risk on him getting injured. We'll build him up and he'll come into the squad for the game at Blyth and play some part in that," the manager added.

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