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McDonald: A Great Test

28 July 2015

Manager Pleased With Morecambe Runout

Neil McDonald praised an excellent first-half performance as Blackpool drew 2-2 with Morecambe at the Globe Arena. 

The fixture, recently re-organised to be played behind-closed-doors after initially being called off, proved to be a valuable exercise for the squad. 

"It was a great test today, I thought that for the first 45 minutes we were excellent in everything we did, in the link play around the box we created a few chances and we played through midfield and passed and moved it really well. The defenders were really solid against a hardworking team in the first-half," the manager admitted.

"In the second-half I made a few changes which knocked the rhythm off and the dynamics, I suppose. We got through the game, scored another goal by taking the lead and finished up at two each. I'm really pleased, especially with the first-half."

Goals for Blackpool came courtesy of striker Mark Cullen and trialist Adam Drury, with the former leaving the field on 68 minutes as a precautionary measure.   

"He just took a bit of a knock on his ankle, I asked him to play as much as he could in the second-half so we just took him off as a precaution. Everybody else is fine."

As the manager prepares to continue his recruitment drive, the squad will be boosted by the return of Costa Rica international José Cubero later this week. The midfielder will fly back into the UK following international commitments at the Gold Cup and finalise the formalities of his visa.
 
"He's going to go down to Cardiff to get his visa sorted out and then he'll start back with us on Monday," McDonald explained. "He's had a few days off because he's been away with his international team in the competition in America and we look forward to him coming back. Hopefully he's raring to go like the rest of the lads are."


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