Un­der-fire McDon­ald re­lieved af­ter win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

VIC­TO­RI­OUS Black­pool boss Neil McDon­ald spoke of an over­whelm­ing feel­ing of re­lief af­ter Black­pool ended an hor­ren­dous run of form with a first win since Jan­uary at the ex­pense of Scun­thorpe United.

The suc­cess over the Iron, who Pool have held the In­dian sign over for much of their time as Football League clubs, was also their first away suc­cess in more than 16 months.

It was earned thanks to Brad Potts’ de­ter­mi­na­tion to force the ball home fol­low­ing a cor­ner and the hero­ics of goal­keeper Colin Doyle, who pulled off a string of saves.

“It’s re­lief on my part and re­lief for the play­ers be­cause they have been work­ing ex­tremely hard and not get­ting any­thing from games,” said McDon­ald, who took charge of the Seasiders in the sum­mer.

“We scored a scrappy goal and de­fended re­ally, re­ally well. Hope­fully we’ve taken a mon­key off their back to a cer­tain ex­tent with a first vic­tory.

“It’s not very nice, com­ing out and speak­ing to peo­ple af­ter you’ve got beat and I’ve been do­ing it for quite a while.

“But it’s al­ways nice to put a team to­gether that ful­fils the game plan which here was to frus­trate, which we did, and take a chance when it came, which we did.

“We de­fended with our lives through­out the sec­ond half and Colin Doyle was bril­liant.”

Potts’ far-post fin­ish, which was awarded by a lines­man’s flag amid a posse of bod­ies on the line, was the only real ac­tion of note in a turgid open­ing 40 min­utes.

But Scun­thorpe fin­ished the first-half strongly – with Doyle, back in the start­ing lineup af­ter in­jury, re­act­ing well in stop­page time to thwart Scott Laird and a pow­er­ful drive from Kevin van Veen.

Af­ter the break United made al­most all of the run­ning, with the visi­tors happy to sit ten men be­hind the ball.

Mark Cullen though missed a chance to put the game to bed on the break and 11 min­utes from time Doyle res­cued the Tan­ger­ines again, bril­liantly keep­ing out Paddy Mad­den’s close-range header.

“I can say I didn’t think it was good enough, but we had 20-odd chances,” groaned Iron man­ager Mark Robins.

“We could have won the game and won it easily. Black­pool came and set-up for a point and went away with all three, so they’ll be ab­so­lutely de­lighted.

“For us it’s dev­as­tat­ing, be­cause we knew we should have won the game.

“I thought we were bet­ter in most de­part­ments. We were bet­ter in the sec­ond half af­ter lack­ing a bit of tempo in the first.”



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