Black­pool rock­ing as boss Neil eyes more

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

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

Black­pool

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