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McDonald: Good Attacking Options

22 January 2016

Manager Happy With Forward Line

Neil McDonald says Uche Ikpeazu's arrival gives Blackpool some dynamic forward options for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old striker, on loan at the club from Watford, hit six goals for Port Vale in the first half of the campaign and will now compete with Danny Philliskirk, Jack Redshaw, Mark Cullen and Martin Paterson for a place in the side.

"It gives us lots and lots of options up front now with the personnel that we've got. We're looking forward to working with him until the end of the season," McDonald said.

"We've got pace and power, which Uche brings us and we've got lots of guile and good players to put the ball in the back of the net. Whichever way we need to go, we've got the options to do it."

Ikpeazu joins a side fresh from scoring five goals against Scunthorpe United last weekend. Confidence from that performance is high and will be boosted by the return of seven-goal striker Mark Cullen.

"Four wins out of seven is a good return considering the position that we're in," the manager said. "Our attacking play in the last game was really exciting and had a lots pace and power to it, and a little bit of variety as well. The goals were excellent.

"Mark Cullen is back now so there's great competition for places at the moment. We're getting everybody fit just at the right time."

Walsall are the opposition this weekend and consistency has been the key to them sitting second in the table, with Sean O'Driscoll keeping things on track since taking charge. 

"They've used the players in a consistent way and that's why they're near the top of the league, they've been together nearly two-and-a-half years. 

"The style hasn't changed, I've been to see them a couple of times since Sean O'Driscoll got the job and they're a very, very good team."

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