McDon­ald can see light for Seasiders

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Scott Hunt

BLACK­POOL man­ager Neil McDon­ald is hop­ing his side have turned a cor­ner af­ter they came from be­hind to snatch a draw against Barns­ley.

Conor Houri­hane had given Barns­ley an early lead but half-time sub­sti­tute Jack Red­shaw equalised af­ter the break to earn Black­pool their first point at home this sea­son.

The Seasiders are still with­out a win at Bloom­field Road since Jan­uary 31, while the draw means Barns­ley have won just one of their last five games.

McDon­ald made two changes at half-time and be­lieves they al­tered the out­come.

“I took two peo­ple off at half time but I could have taken any­body off to be fair be­cause I thought they were all rub­bish,” McDon­ald said.

“We were re­ally poor first half. Per­son­nel and sys­tems go to­gether and we changed both at half time and it worked sec­ond half.

“They showed a lot of char­ac­ter and they’ve come out tops for me. That’s a good sign for the fu­ture. I think it’s get­ting there. It’s nice to hear peo­ple say that we might have turned a cor­ner.

“If we play like we played sec­ond half all the way through then we will pick up lots and lots of points.”

Barns­ley took the lead in just the sev­enth minute. Mar­ley Watkins went on a jink­ing run down the right be­fore cross­ing to Houri- hane, who scuffed his shot into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Black­pool missed a great chance to equalise four min­utes later, but Henry Cameron struck wide from six yards.

McDon­ald’s side equalised af­ter 55 min­utes. A slick move re­sulted in Red­shaw be­ing slipped clean through by Brad Potts and driv­ing low into the far cor­ner.

And the Seasiders al­most scored through Lloyd Jones but the cen­tre back missed his header from a cor­ner be­fore Colin Doyle had to ac­ro­bat­i­cally deny Houri­hane giv­ing Barns­ley the lead af­ter 77 min­utes.

And Barns­ley boss Lee John­son be­lieves a draw was a fair re­sult.

“We were dom­i­nant in the first half with­out hav­ing enough op­por­tu­ni­ties,” John­son said.

“I’m dis­ap­pointed to lose the lead but that’s what you get. I bet if you watch the game back we con­trolled the sec­ond half. They went to a diamond for­ma­tion which means you should kill them in wide ar­eas.

“In the sec­ond half ob­vi­ously they threw cau­tion to the wind and we got into great ar­eas but didn’t have the end prod­uct or the fi­nal ball.

“Gen­er­ally we had op­por­tu­ni­ties and a lot of ter­ri­tory but not quite enough gump­tion in the fi­nal third. Over­all it was prob­a­bly a fair re­sult.”

PIC­TURES: JMP Im­ages

STAR MAN ROMAI

NE SAWYE

RS Wal­sal

l LEVEL: Michael Bost­wick equalises for Peterborough af­ter he was brought down in the box by Neil Etheridge, inset

STAR MAN CONOR HOURIH

ANE Barnsle

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