Glory day for Mac but Robins is rag­ing

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

BLACK­POOL man­ager Neil McDon­ald hailed his best day as man­ager af­ter his side ended a run of three straight de­feats with a 5-0 thrash­ing of Scun­thorpe.

Goals from Tom Al­dred, David Nor­ris, Danny Philliskirk and a Brad Potts dou­ble sealed the com­pre­hen­sive win and moved Black­pool out the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Scun­thorpe, who were un­beaten in three, have still not won at Bloom­field Road since April 2000.

McDon­ald praised the per­for­mance but has urged his side to find more con­sis­tency.

“With­out a shadow of a doubt my best day as man­ager of Black­pool,” he said.

“Both at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing I thought we were spot on.We were re­ally sharp in ev­ery­thing that we did.We needed a top per­for­mance from ev­ery­body and we got that.

“We were clin­i­cal for the first time this sea­son. It’s a great feel­ing.We’ve stopped the rot, now we have to stop the roller­coaster of win­ning this, los­ing that, un­beaten in this.

“We’ve got to try and get the peaks and troughs as smooth as we pos­si­bly can and try and go on a lit­tle run now.We’ve set the stan­dard.”

Al­dred gave the hosts an early lead at a snowy Bloom­field, clev­erly los­ing his marker to nod home Jim McAl­is­ter’s se­cond-minute free kick from ten yards.

They had their se­cond af­ter 13 min­utes with a sen­sa­tional team move. Suc­ces­sive one-twos re­sulted in Jack Red­shaw slid­ing in Potts who slot­ted past Luke Daniels.

Black­pool were three up in­side half an hour as they sliced Scun­thorpe open again and Potts was played through by Nor­ris to grab his se­cond.

It was four af­ter 55 min­utes, when a com­edy of er­rors led to a goal­mouth scram­ble and the ball was even­tu­ally placed home by Nor­ris. And the rout was com­pleted af­ter 82 min­utes. Colin Doyle made a su­perb save from Paddy Madden be­fore Black­pool broke from the re­sult­ing cor­ner and Philliskirk scored his first Black­pool goal.

“It was rub­bish, ab­so­lute rub­bish,” fumed Scun­thorpe man­ager Mark Robins.“That is as bad a dis­play away from home as I’m pre­pared to ac­cept and they need to get their fin­gers out and put it right.

“I don’t care if it was tough con­di­tions.When there’s a num­ber of peo­ple who just don’t turn up there’s noth­ing you can do. I’ve got to apol­o­gise to the sup­port­ers for that de­ba­cle we’ve just watched out there. Whether peo­ple think they have a di­vine right to be in the side, it can’t keep hap­pen­ing like that and I can’t keep re­ly­ing on peo­ple who are go­ing to let you down.”


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