Under-fire McDonald relieved after win
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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