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McDonald: Players Stood Strong

5 September 2015

Manager Pleased With First Victory

Neil McDonald was pleased to see his Blackpool side stand strong and pick up a first win of the season at Scunthorpe United this afternoon.

The manager watched on as his players fought and scrapped for every ball to hold on to a lead and get the season fully up and running.

“The players stood strong, we played some decent football when we could and we certainly defended a lot better,” he said. “We’ve got our first three points and we’ve had our first clean sheet. That’s given everybody confidence in the changing room to move on, and move on to better things hopefully.”

Brad Potts’ first goal for the club proved to be the difference between the sides, with the midfielder firing in from three-yards out at the back post.

“We needed one off the shoulder, off the knee, off the chest, whatever way it would come, and we’ve got that. It just gave them something to hold onto and they’ve put their bodies on the line and thoroughly deserved the three points today.”

Victory ensured that Blackpool became the first side to take three points from Glanford Park this season, and ended a long wait for a win on the road in the process. 

“That will give everybody confidence and we can relax and pass the ball better, if and when we do take the lead. The spaces will appear and we’ve got to try and get that second goal to try and take a bit more pressure off ourselves.”

Although a real team performance, Colin Doyle returned from injury in inspired form and produced a couple of vital saves to keep Blackpool ahead.

“He made some really good saves again and got a little bit of cramp with being out for a while. We’ve tried to put bodies on the line and if we haven’t then he’s come up with the saves, which is great. He’s got a team working hard in front of him to try and keep that clean sheet.

“We put bodies on the line today and it’s nice to see us score from a set-play to take the lead and have something to hang on to. We’ve still got plenty of work to do, but it’s a start,” he added.

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