POND’S OWN GOAL SETS SEASIDERS OFF SWIM­MING

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Colin Hen­rys

L LADY Luck shone on Black­pool in their derby day vic­tory against Fylde Coast ri­vals Fleet­wood, but Seasiders boss Neil McDon­ald in­sists it was no more than they de­served.

Black­pool failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot on tar­get, but ended a seven-match los­ing streak thanks to Nathan Pond’s first-half own goal set­tling this clash.

It was the first-ever league meet­ing be­tween the two lo­cal teams, and McDon­ald urged his play­ers to now kick on af­ter get­ting back to win­ning ways.

“With­out a shadow of a doubt, we de­served it,” he claimed. “We’ve played bet­ter in games and lost so why shouldn’t we take all the plau­dits be­cause we won one-nil?

“We’re on a win­ning streak now. Ev­ery­one men­tions the los­ing streak all the time, and we take the crit­i­cism on the chin. But let’s see what sort of head­lines we get this week af­ter not play­ing well but win­ning.

“We’ve stood firm on what we’re try­ing to do.

“We just haven’t had that luck, we’ve been on the wrong side of the fine line.

“But we’re not out of the muck, we still have to keep on work­ing hard to make sure we get re­sults like this but with bet­ter per­for­mances.”

In their last meet­ing, an FA Cup tie, Black­pool were a Premier League team and Jamie Vardy scored for then Non-League Fleet­wood in a 5-1 de­feat.

Since then, they have been on to­tally dif­fer­ent paths, with Fleet­wood’s rise through the leagues bettered only by Vardy’s jour­ney to in­ter­na­tional foot­ball and the Premier League history books.

But McDon­ald in­sisted pre-match the form book – with Fleet­wood resur­gent un­der Steven Press­ley af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son – went out the win­dow for the derby.

And so it proved, de­spite Fleet­wood hav­ing the bet­ter chances, leav­ing Press­ley scratch­ing his head as to what had gone wrong and how his side had lost this clash.

“There’s no doubt we de­served more from the game than we got,” he said. “Ul­ti­mately you have to score goals to win games and we didn’t do that.

“I’m ob­vi­ously ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed for ev­ery­body for the re­sult but we de­served more.

“There were sev­eral mo­ments where the game could have swung in our favour, but in terms of the out­come we cer­tainly didn’t de­serve to lose.”

Those mo­ments in­cluded Joe Davis’ shot, on 14 min­utes, be­ing headed off the line by Hay­den White as the visi­tors pressed early on.

Pond turned Brad Potts’ invit­ing cross into his own net on 17 min­utes though, to lift the home side. Jack Red­shaw should have dou­bled the lead in first-half stop­page time, af­ter a de­fen­sive mix-up, but shot wide with only Chris Maxwell to beat.

Fleet­wood were a dif­fer­ent team af­ter the break though, with Press­ley ad­mit­ting the goal had set them back be­fore re­group­ing at the in­ter­val.

David Ball raced on to Jimmy Ryan’s through ball on 47 min­utes, but saw his shot across goal de­flected wide be­fore Ryan’s ef­fort was saved by Dean Ly­ness on 55 min­utes.

David He­nen went clos­est to lev­el­ling two min­utes later, catching Ly­ness out from a tight an­gle only for the ball to can­non clear off the frame of the goal.

Sub­sti­tute Nick Haughton then stung Ly­ness’ palms with a pow­er­ful strike on 84 min­utes but Fleet­wood could not find an equaliser.

And Press­ley urged his play­ers to turn the frus­trat­ing de­feat into a pos­i­tive as they bid to climb clear of rel­e­ga­tion trou­ble.

“We have to use th­ese feel­ings we have in the dress­ing room as mo­ti­va­tion go­ing for­ward,” added Press­ley, whose side sit 18th in League One and just two points away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

“We’ve taken two steps for­ward but now a step back.

“We have to gain more mo­men­tum, we have to be more clin­i­cal and if we want to be a good team we can’t lose th­ese games.”

As for Black­pool, they are still in the rel­e­ga­tion zone but are now just a point away from the safety of 20th, and af­ter snap­ping a seven-game win­less run against the Cod Army they will be hop­ing for more of the same from here on in.

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