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McDonald: Steady Progress

29 January 2016

Manager Looks Ahead To Gillingham Game

Neil McDonald says Blackpool are making steady progress but must continue to build on current results and performances.

The Seasiders had their biggest win of the season against Scunthorpe United earlier this month and picked up a point apiece from games against Walsall and Sheffield United.

But with just two points separating the team from the bottom four, The Seasiders have plenty of work still to do. 

"The progress is there but we're still in a precarious position, we still have to work hard and defend the way we have been doing," McDonald said. "We also need to get back to a little bit of clinical finishing, like we did against Scunthorpe."

The foundations for recent results have come from being solid at the back, with only one goal conceded in the last five fixtures at Bloomfield Road. 

"We work very hard on the training ground making sure that we're in the right position to deal with situations. When the players come out and tell you that they're disappointed not to keep a clean sheet at Walsall, you know they've got the bit between their teeth.

"It's not just the back four and the goalkeeper, who I think have been outstanding in the last few games, it's the rest of the team working hard for each other, which is the most important thing."

From an attacking point of view, the rotation of strikers during games appears to be helping the team stay a constant threat for 90 minutes.   

"Philly and Jack caused Sheffield United lots of problems in the way that we played and got the ball down to try and play through them, yet when Uche and Mark come on it's a little bit more physical and combative. It gives the opposition something to think about, which is good for us," the manager admitted.

High-flying Gillingham are the opposition this weekend as Blackpool look to extend their unbeaten run in the league to four games.

"It will be a tough game, a team near the top of the league is always going to be dangerous. They're a danger from free-kicks and long throws and they've got one of the top scoring midfield players in their team in Dack, so we have to be alive and get the best game-plan that we possibly can to combat their strengths. 

"At the same time, with our home form and the way we've been creating chances, we'll be looking to get some more points and keep the unbeaten run going," McDonald added.

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