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McDonald: A Fair Result

20 October 2015

Manager On Draw With Millwall

Neil McDonald was happy to settle for a point after Blackpool came from behind to draw 1-1 with Millwall at Bloomfield Road.

On a night of very few clear cut chances, an 83rd minute penalty from Jack Redshaw cancelled out Mark Beevers' opener and extended the team's unbeaten run to five matches.

"We didn't play half as what we have done in the last two or three games but we kept at it and I think a draw is a fair result," the manager told the official website.

"At the start of the season we probably would have lost that game, but it shows the character of the boys to try and not get beat and keep plugging away to get a chance of an equaliser, and we finally got it."

The impetus required for Blackpool to get something out of the game came from the introductions of fresh legs in the second-half, with Bright Osayi-Samuel, Jarrett Rivers and Kwame Thomas putting the side on the front foot. 

"It's a big ask for not just us but Millwall to play two games in three days or four days. That freshness livened us up in the second-half and they contributed in us getting the goal, which I think we deserved."

A major positive in the game was debutant Hayden White, who started the game after signing on loan from Bolton Wanderers. 

"I thought that was an impressive first performance on his debut. He trained with the boys on Sunday and Monday to get to know them and he played really, really well, both in defence and when he had the ball."

Blackpool now face Crewe Alexandra at Bloomfield Road on Saturday and will look to keep up a recent run of form on home soil that has seen the team take eight points from 12. 

"We've got to try and keep picking up points as much as we can. Three are brilliant, but if we can't take the three points then we'll take the draw. I don't think both teams deserved anything more than a point each tonight," McDonald added.

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