Seasiders hit a new low un­der McDon­ald

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Robert Do­man

NEIL McDON­ALD ad­mits it can’t get any worse for Black­pool af­ter a quick­fire dou­ble from Shrews­bury’s Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro piled the pain on the list­less Seasiders.

The Salop striker struck twice in three min­utes to snare Shrews­bury’s first home points of the sea­son as a down­beat McDon­ald ad­mit­ted there were no pos­i­tives for his beached Black­pool side to take from the game.

Ful­ham loa­nee Lar­nell Cole pro­vided the as­sists for both sec­ond-half goals, as Town’s per­sis­tence pre­vailed.

“I can’t find any pos­i­tives,” McDon­ald said. “We for­got how to move, tackle and pass in the sec­ond half and we de­served what we got.

“The play­ers are all dis­ap­pointed and so they should be. It was the worst per­for­mance since I came to the football club.

“We’re def­i­nitely at rock bot­tom.We never re­ally got at them and we’ve con­ceded two poor goals which are hard to stom­ach.

“It’s hard to re­main pos­i­tive.We came up against a team that hadn’t picked up a point at home and we were out­played in the sec­ond half.”

Ty­rone Bar­nett forced a sixth-minute save from Colin Doyle.

Doyle then got be­hind Cole’s fierce ef­fort as Shrews­bury pressed again be­fore Town wide man Sul­lay Kaikai flashed a shot past the post.

Black­pool’s John Her­ron chested the ball into space in­side the Salop penalty area be­fore fir­ing wide two min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Jor­dan Clark then saw his 61st-minute shot slide wide at the other end.

Black­pool thought they had taken the lead only for Cullen to see his ef­fort ruled out af­ter bundling home the re­bound from Brad Potts’ strike seven min­utes later.

James Collins’ header was then cleared off the line as Shrews­bury looked to re­assert con­trol. And they suc­ceeded when Ak­paAkpro latched onto Cole’s neat pass to slot them in front on 73 min­utes.

The pair com­bined again only three min­utes later, with Cole once more find­ing the Ak­paAkpro in space, clip­ping the ball over Doyle to seal the win.

Shrews­bury boss Micky Mel­lon said:“It feels great to get our first win at home.We’re ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed it’s taken so long but we’ve fi­nally got it off our back.

“We got that goal and our whole world changed.

“We kept build­ing and build­ing and hope­fully we can move fur­ther for­ward off the back of this.

“I want to go and score goals and we’ve not scored enough of late.

“But Jean-Louis has scored with two cool fin­ishes and we’ve won three from our last four so things aren’t that bad.”

STAR MAN LARNEL

L COLE Shrews

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