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McDonald: Be On The Front Foot

15 January 2016

Manager On Scunthorpe United Fixture

Neil McDonald says Blackpool must get back to being on the front foot and make the most of their opportunities.

The Seasiders face Scunthorpe United tomorrow looking to pick up their first three points of 2016, and also end a run of two games without a goal.

Scoring regularly has been the Achilles Heel for the side so far, with the manager determined to see his players build on their current tally of 21 in the league.  

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Goals have been our biggest problem all season. Our build-up play and our defensive play has been reasonably good, obviously certain aspects of certain games can improve, but our nemesis has been scoring goals," McDonald said.

"We work hard at it but when the chances come along everybody in the team has to do better, not just the centre forwards. We need goals from all over the team."

It was at Scunthorpe where Blackpool picked up their first three points of the season back in September, so this fixture represents the chance to complete a win double.

"It's always a big thing for the players, to get six points out of six against a team in this league. We'll certainly be trying our best to do that."

Three of Blackpool's next four fixtures will be at Bloomfield Road, a place where the side has taken 17 points.

"We always like to play at home, we've got most of our points at home, We must get back to being on the front foot, creating chances and putting the ball in the back of the net, which we didn't do against Port Vale."  

Striker Mark Cullen is rated at '50:50' to make a return from a hamstring strain for the game, however Will Aimson will look to retain his place in the side after completing a permanent move to the club.

News of Aimson's long-term stay eases concerns at the back for the manager, with Clark Robertson and Lloyd Jones not too far off injury returns. 

"Clark will hopefully be by the end of the month. We were hoping he would be back slightly before that but it looks as though it will be the end of the month.

"Lloyd is coming on quite good, we're in constant contact with Liverpool and he's stepped up his training a touch and we're hopeful he might be able to join us some time in February."

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