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McDonald: Magnificent Display

30 January 2016

Manager Pleased With Victory Against Gillingham

Neil McDonald was full of praise for a magnificent display, as Blackpool battled Gillingham and the weather conditions to pick up a big three points.

The Seasiders' nullified the opposition, who currently sit second in League One, to keep an 11th clean sheet of the season, while Jack Redshaw's penalty secured the victory at the other end. 

"It was difficult conditions for both teams with the wind, the rain and even some hail but the boys have got a huge spring in their step at home. The performance all the way through was magnificent," McDonald said.

"It was almost a game of two halves, we played some really good football, created some really good chances and kept passing and moving the ball in the right areas and eventually broke them down by winning the penalty.

"Jack's been ever so good this season on his penalties and it was great to see the ball hit the back of the net just before half-time. He's fantastic at penalties and it gave us that little bit of breathing space needed against a top team in Gillingham."

The manager changed things tactically in a bid to see the game out with half an hour remaining, introducing Clark Robertson as part of a back five to combat Gillingham's growing aerial threat.

"In the first 15 minutes of the second-half they got the ball into the box and tried to win the second balls, so we needed a little bit of extra height in there to deal with the balls coming in. I thought each and every one of them was magnificent in the second-half.

"Even though we had to defend for long periods of the game, we still counter attacked and still created a few chances that we didn't take. Another clean sheet and another one goal victory is excellent and adds to a great home record now."

Although illness ruled out Hayden White and Jim McAlister, Will Aimson recovered in time for the game to pick up the Man of the Match award.

"Everybody wants to play when you're winning and not getting beat, we're on a little bit of a run just now and we have to try and keep that going for as long as we can," the manager added.

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