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31 July 2015

Neil McDonald On Final Pre-Season Performance

Neil McDonald was pleased with a solid defensive showing against Accrington Stanley, despite a late equaliser from Seamus Conneely denying the team a clean sheet.

Blackpool had to be patient against the League Two outfit and controlled the game for large periods, though more of a cutting edge will be required in attack once the season gets underway. 

"We're looking very solid defensively and hard to break down. I can't remember Colin making a save, apart from a couple of shots on the front post. That's encouraging, it looks as though we're going to be difficult to beat," the manager said.

"We're getting the chances, which shows we're breaking teams down, but we've just got to put the ball in the back of the net to kill teams off."

Blackpool's solitary goal of the evening came courtesy of young winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, who seems to be growing with every first-team appearance. 

"We're getting him on the ball in the right positions and he's got two centre-forwards to play off, so he's got choices. We want him to take the final man on, and he's done that today and put it into the back of the net. That's all you can ask."

Another player who made an impact against Accrington was England Under-20 international Kwame Thomas, just days after completing a loan move from Derby County. 

"Kwame looked really exciting, he was good in the air, fast and he looks a real player," McDonald admitted. "When he came on he gave us that bit of a change and put Accrington on the back foot, which is what we want." 

The draw with John Coleman's side ensured that Blackpool rounded off pre-season preparations unbeaten, which is never a bad thing for a brand new side.

"We've got 10, 11 new players and for them to gel it's been excellent. They've got a new coach and a new manager and all the information is brand new to them. They're showing that application on the pitch, as well as off the pitch, and I couldn't ask for anymore to be fair," he added.


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