Glory day for Mac but Robins is raging
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.”
STAR MAN BRAD POTTS Blackpool