McDon­ald gives ref rol­lick­ing in vic­tory

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ed Higgs

BLACK­POOL man­ager Neil McDon­ald was de­lighted with his team’s against-all-odds vic­tory – but blasted ref­eree Kevin John­son – as his team moved out of the bot­tom four.

Jack Red­shaw headed Black­pool into the lead 11 min­utes be­fore half­time, but was sent off two min­utes later for a se­cond book­able of­fence.

Mar­cus Haber had ap­par­ently res­cued a late point, only for Tom Al­dred’s de­flected strike to put Black­pool im­me­di­ately back ahead. And Brad In­man fired a 90thminute penalty high and wide, much to McDon­ald’s re­lief.

“It had ev­ery­thing – the play­ers cer­tainly stood up to be counted and we’ve come out wor­thy win­ners,” he said.

“It’s sad when you can’t cel­e­brate with your own fans, and the ref­eree couldn’t wait to get the red card out.

“We must cap­i­talise on this re­sult for the rest of the sea­son and play like we did here – it’s great when you pick up a win away from home, it gives ev­ery­body a lift.

“They’re all mas­sive now, and if we show the com­mit­ment and de­sire that we did here, we’ll be fine.”

The game burst into life in the 34th minute as a Jim McAl­is­ter header bounced down off the cross­bar onto the line, with Red­shaw nod­ding home.

The striker re­ceived a harsh book­ing for cel­e­brat­ing with his sup­port­ers and, in an in­cred­i­ble two-minute spell, sub­se­quently re­ceived a se­cond yel­low for catch­ing David Fox with a high boot.

In the 55th minute, Zoumana Bakayogo came ag­o­nis­ingly close to an equaliser, head­ing a right-wing cor­ner onto the bar, be­fore later fir­ing against the post.

Brad Potts hit the post for Black­pool, be­fore, with seven min­utes to go, Haber deftly back-heeled the ball into the net fol­low­ing a mazy right-wing run from Oliver Tur­ton.

The ten men went straight up the other end, the ball bounc­ing to Al­dred in­side the area, as his de­flected strike looped over Ben Garratt.

Potts tripped sub­sti­tute Tom Hitch­cock with mo­ments left, but In­man blazed high and wide, which left Crewe boss Steve Davis dev­as­tated, and his side eight points adrift of safety.

“It’s hugely dis­ap­point­ing,” he said.

“Some­times you’re ex­pected to win four or five-one just be­cause they’re down to ten men, but it’s about putting it in the net.

“We went miss­ing for their win­ner, I’m not sure why, whether it was a lack of dis­ci­pline or po­si­tion­ing, I don’t know.

“The sea­son isn’t over by a long way.

“But los­ing the game is a big kick in the teeth – the play­ers are in­con­solable.”



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