Blackpool rocking after two long years
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.”
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