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McDonald: Focus On The Task Ahead

29 April 2016

Manager On Saturday's Game Against Wigan Athletic

Neil McDonald says Blackpool must be fully focused on the task ahead as they aim to take maximum points from their final two fixtures of the season.

The Seasiders find themselves needing all three points against league leaders Wigan Athletic tomorrow to move out of the relegation zone in League One, before waiting on other results and a fixture at Peterborough United to decide their fate.

Adamant that 52 points will be enough to secure safety, the immediate task will be to back up an earlier season victory against the top side in the division.    

"We've worked extremely hard and we'll continue to do that for the final two games. If we get the results then I'm sure and convinced that we'll be safe," McDonald said.

"Wigan are trying to seal promotion and win the title, but we need the points more than they do. Hopefully they'll go back to Wigan and win it at their place, not at our place. We have to make sure that we get a result and put the pressure on the teams that are playing after us, and Fleetwood on Monday."

Blackpool are one of six sides to have beaten Wigan this season, however The Latics have been in fine form since the turn of the year.    

"They've only lost one game since we played them last. We've got to make sure that we're fully focused on the task ahead and make sure that we give everything that we possibly have. Hopefully we come out of it with a good result."

Bar Henry Cameron, McDonald has a fully-fit squad to choose from and must decide whether to recall six-goal midfielder Brad Potts after leaving him out of the side last weekend.   

"He's took it on the chin, he knew that he'd lost a bit of form and that's why I took him out. Let's see if I bring him back on Saturday because he has been, in my opinion, one of our better players and he's quite good on the eye with certain things he does and not on others. We're looking for a response off him from the last time he played," the manager added.

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