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McDonald Looking Forward To Colchester United Fixture

8 April 2016

Blackpool Aim To Maintain Momentum

Neil McDonald is looking forward to seeing his side face Colchester United again on Saturday, having managed against them in his first competitive Blackpool game.

The Seasiders drew 2-2 in the season opener at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and handed debuts to several new signings from a new-look squad.

"It has been a rebuilding job all the way, we started from scratch and had 10 debutants in that first game of the season," McDonald said. "We've tried to progress and improve the squad all the way along and hopefully we've made it strong enough to make sure we get the results in the remaining games of the season.

"We took the lead twice (in the previous game at Colchester) with two really good goals from Mark Cullen and we played some really good football."

Blackpool go into this weekend's fixture against The U's aiming to keep a 15th clean sheet of the season, with the last two coming in consecutive matches.  

"It's great for the whole team. The back five have been magnificent at the moment and young Luke has come into the team and adjusted really well. The rest of the back four have a good understanding at the moment and they're working really hard to keep the back door shut."

A return of 10 points from a possible 12 has proved timely for The Seasiders in the battle to stay above the line in League One and has boosted confidence for the run-in.   

"We seem to have dealt with the teams around us very well, certainly Crewe and Doncaster, and we've beaten a really good team in Southend last weekend. We're in good spirits and looking forward to every game that's coming around at the moment," McDonald admitted.

Kevin Keen's side arrive at Bloomfield Road in similar form themselves following two wins and a draw. 

"I went to see them against Coventry and they played really well in the first-half, they kept the ball well, they got the goal and managed to hold on until the end.

"They're in good spirits themselves, they've had a few good results over the last few weeks and they're battling for their lives as well. It will be a tough game for both teams," the manager added.

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