McDon­ald re­fuses to throw in the towel

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

BLACK­POOL man­ager Neil McDon­ald in­sisted his side’s draw against Bury was a point gained in the bat­tle to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, de­spite throw­ing away the lead at Bloom­field Road.

Danny Mayor equalised for Bury just two min­utes af­ter Danny Philliskirk put Black­pool ahead from the spot.

It is now eight games with­out a clean sheet for Black­pool who haven’t won in five at home.

But McDon­ald be­lieves the point was a pos­i­tive re­sult ahead of a crunch clash against fel­low­strug­glers Don­caster on Mon­day.

“It’s a point gained with­out a shadow of a doubt,” McDon­ald said.

“Ev­ery point that we get is a point gained. We’re dis­ap­pointed that we took the lead and couldn’t hold on.

“It was frus­trat­ing but we’ve come away with some­thing.We’ve played rea­son­ably well the last few home games and not got any­thing.

“We must feel good about our­selves that we’ve taken four points from pres­sure games. We’ve got to put in a per­for­mance at Don­caster like we did against Crewe and be just as clin­i­cal.

“This sea­son was never go­ing to be easy.You come into a club that has been rel­e­gated and we had five or six play­ers and we’ve tried to build.

“We’ve had good runs and bad runs but we’re not giv­ing in.”

Black­pool forced a good save from Chris Neal in the 12th minute when he pushed away Mark Cullen’s cross which was creep­ing inside the far post.

The Seasiders’ best first-half chance fell to Philliskirk on the halfhour mark, but his strike from 12 yards was blocked.

Black­pool went ahead from the spot af­ter 74 min­utes. Cian Bol­ger up­ended Jim McAlis­ter in the area and Philliskirk stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.

But Bury hit back just two min­utes later when John O’Sullivan’s cross from the left found Mayor who slot­ted home from 12 yards.

And Shak­ers boss David Fl­itcroft praised the char­ac­ter of his side to fight back af­ter con­ced­ing.

“I’m de­lighted with that point, cer­tainly af­ter go­ing one nil down to the penalty,” Fl­itcroft said.

“There was only one team who wanted to win it first half, we re­ally set about them.

“When their goal went in I think it was Bol­ger who took it out the back of the net, sprinted and put the ball back on the spot.

“You could see that we wanted to go again and Danny’s goal was fan­tas­tic. So I’m de­lighted with the char­ac­ter and the re­solve shown, es­pe­cially af­ter the away run we’ve been on.

“To avoid com­ing away with noth­ing is all credit to the play­ers.”



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