Blackpool rocking as boss Neil eyes more
BLACKPOOL manager Neil McDonald believes his young side are getting their just rewards as they made it five league games unbeaten with a 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-table Crewe.
Jack Redshaw’s 87thminute penalty sealed the points after Hayden White put them in front midway through the second half with his first goal for the club.
Blackpool’s third win in five matches moves them out of the relegation zone, while Crewe are winless in three and remain rooted to the foot of the table.
McDonald feels his side are growing and singled out strike pairing Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw for special praise.
“We’re trying to forge a history for ourselves and those young lads are doing extremely well,” said former West Ham United assistant manager McDonald.
“Their performances are good and they are getting their just rewards.
“They are a brand new team don’t forget; we’re not the team of the past either getting relegated or getting into the Premier League.
“It was excellent.We could have scored more than the two that we got.
“I speak to a lot of managers and they’re very complimentary about my front two.
“They’re not the biggest but they are very lively, there’s lots of movement and they work hard for each other.”
Crewe started brightly, almost grabbing an opener after nine minutes, but Brad Inman’s halfvolley from 18 yards whistled just wide.
Ben Nugent headed straight at Craig Doyle from a corner after 63 minutes, before Blackpool broke away and Nugent had to race back to make a last-ditch block to deny Redshaw.
But Blackpool took the lead a minute later when the ball broke to on-loan Bolton full-back White, who hammered home a deflected strike from the edge of the area. And the hosts won a penalty after 87 minutes when David Norris was upended and Redshaw sent Ben Garratt the wrong way to seal the win.
Crewe boss Steve Davis has urged his players to up their game.
“We’ve gone three games without scoring so that seems to be our biggest problem,” he said.
“Every one of those forwards and wingers have got to be more dangerous and create more opportunities for themselves and for the team.
“I’ve set that gauntlet to them and from now until January they are going to have to step it up.
“All of the forwards can’t rely on us to keep a clean sheet every week.
“We knew the importance of the game.We felt very confident that we could win.
“Football moves on and we’re disappointed we’ve come away with nothing.”
STAR MAN JIM MCALISTER