Blackpool boss Mac goes on the attack

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Neil McDonald has hinted he could abandon his negative away tactics today.

The Seasiders have been playing a 4-1-4-1 formation in away games, aimed at stifling the opposition and hoping for a goal on the break.

But today the Pool boss is tempted to get at hosts Shrewsbury Town.

McDonald said: “We need to win games and to score goals, so we might have to be a bit more adventurous.”

One player almost certain to start is Jack Redshaw, who came off the bench and equalised in the home draw with Barnsley last Saturday, when McDonald opted for two strikers in the second half.

Man of the match Redshaw has given McDonald a welcome decision to make. The manager added: “Last weekend has given me a selection problem. We have plenty of options now, which is good.

“I have the option to go two up top and get at them or even play with two and one behind, like we did against Barnsley.

“We’ve been working on both on the training ground. It’s about finding the right balance between attack and defence.

“We look a little more solid defensively now, especially away from home. We now have to make sure we don’t concede and stick the ball in the back of the net.”

Shrewsbury lie in 19th after an indifferent start following promotion this summer. Their best results have come away from home, a trend McDonald hopes will continue today.

“Maybe they are more relaxed away from home and can pick up the points,” he said.

“We have to do that today and pick up points away from home.”

Pool made the trip to Shropshire yesterday with a fully fit squad. Martin Paterson is expected to make his debut off the bench at some point.

Nile Ranger, who has been training with club coaches this week, won’t be included after McDonald insisted the striker’s Blackpool career is definitely over.