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McDonald: Fight For Places

10 September 2015

Competition Pleases Manager

Neil McDonald has welcomed the fight for a first-team place following victories against Scunthorpe United and Morecambe this week.

The manager is happy to have something of a selection headache after watching his players stand up and be counted, with those in Lancashire Senior Cup action pushing for involvement at Gillingham this weekend.

"That's the first time I've seen a few of the players in a proper game, not just pre-season," McDonald said of the midweek win. "Everybody has put their hand up and said 'I'm ready and willing, give me a chance and I'll play'. That's given me a selection problem to a certain extent. It was great for them to score some goals and win a football match themselves, especially at home."

Having picked up a first three points of the season last time out in the league, the added competition in the Blackpool ranks comes at a time when things are starting to click.

"We've got some good players at this football club and they're all fighting for their place and all fighting for the shirt. I think we're getting better, they're getting to know each other and hopefully Scunthorpe helps us turn the corner so we can get more results and more points on the board. We need to become difficult to beat to rise up the league."

Sensing a change on the pitch, the manager is pleased to see the players becoming more vocal and taking more responsibility. 

"Off the field there's a really good atmosphere and team spirit. On the field now they're starting to point the finger at each other, which is great. It's constructive, it's not about he's bad or it's not my fault, they're all holding their hands up and saying we've got to do better. We can only get better on the training field and we've certainly done that. We got our just rewards on Saturday."  

In terms of a new face to add to the group, talks are ongoing with Martin Paterson about a move to the club following his run-out and goal against Morecambe. 

"We're in really good discussions with him and we're trying to get it across the line. Whether it's before Saturday it'll be touch and go I'd imagine, but if we can get it done early next week that'd be great," McDonald added.


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