Black­pool rock­ing af­ter two long years

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

BLACK­POOL boss Neil McDon­ald be­lieves his side now have mo­men­tum as they se­cured back-to­back wins for the first time since Septem­ber 2013 with vic­tory over Swin­don at Bloom­field Road.

Mark Cullen claimed the win­ner in the first half and Black­pool clung on to their third clean sheet of the sea­son to back up their mid­week win over Ch­ester­field.

Swin­don are now five matches with­out a win and are just a point clear of Black­pool who re­main in the bot­tom four.

McDon­ald is de­lighted with the progress his side are mak­ing and sees signs that they are be­gin­ning to grow as a team.

“We’re try­ing to get a lit­tle bit of mo­men­tum and we’ve got that,” he said.

“We’re very pleased in the man­ner that we’ve won the two games against two teams that were in the play-offs last year. It’s fan­tas­tic to have six points on the bounce.

“It’s vi­tally im­por­tant to win your home games and not win­ning at home for quite a while it’s nice to get back-to-back wins.

“The re­sults over the last seven games are much bet­ter than the first five games, so the mo­men­tum is there.

“We are not the team that got rel­e­gated, we’re a brand new team and we’re try­ing to grow.”

Black­pool went close af­ter 11 min­utes when Jack Red­shaw’s 30-yard strike whis­tled inches wide.

The Seasiders took the lead in the 38th minute through Cullen, who claimed the goal from Henry Cameron’s cor­ner af­ter a near-post flick from Clark Robert­son.

And the hosts nearly grabbed a sec­ond af­ter 45 min­utes but Brad Potts’ 30-yard free kick was ac­ro­bat­i­cally saved by on­loan Liver­pool keeper Lawrence Vigouroux.

Potts went even closer af­ter 58 min­utes, when his thump­ing strike from 20 yards can­noned back off the in­side of the post.

Black­pool should have dou­bled their ad­van­tage af­ter 66 min­utes but Bright Osayi-Sa­muel slot­ted wide when through on goal.

Swin­don boss Mark Cooper was dis­ap­pointed that his side didn’t make more of their pos­ses­sion and con­trol of the game.

“I thought we played quite well,” he said. “We had a lot of pos­ses­sion and long spells camped in their half but we didn’t cre­ate enough open­ings to get the goals.

“I thought we dom­i­nated the game but our flair play­ers, or so-called flair play­ers, didn’t pro­duce the goods.

“It’s that fi­nal ball and the de­ci­sions on the ball at the last minute in and around the penalty ar­eas to pick the right pass or have that lit­tle bit of qual­ity. We didn’t have that enough.

“We’ve just got to keep go­ing.We will be fine.

“I’m sure that if we get one win we can go on a run def­i­nitely.”

STAR MAN BRAD POTTS Blackp

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