Blackpool boss says one win can transform season

Neil McDonald

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Manager Neil McDonald is convinced a win will kick-start Blackpool’s stuttering season.

The Seasiders go into today’s game at Scunthorpe rock bottom of League One, without a win so far this season and without a victory on the road since April 2014.

It’s all made for a nervous and unhappy atmosphere around the club but the ultra-positive boss is convinced a much-needed win can be the turning point.

McDonald said: “If we can get three points everyone will relax and we will see the good stuff.

“Last week against Walsall I said it was men against boys but on reflection that was just the last half-hour.

“We did well until they got their second goal, which took the stuffing out of us.

“We just need to put the good stuff together. I’m confident we can.”

Pool will be boosted with the availability of midfielder John Herron and keeper Colin Doyle, who both returned to training this week after injury.

Doyle injured a shoulder in the draw at Colchester on the opening day, missing Pool’s five-match losing run since.

Former Celtic man Herron is yet to make his debut for the club and McDonald believes the 21-year-old can make a real difference.

The Pool boss added: “We haven’t seen John Herron since he impressed in pre-season, so it’s great to have him back.

“Colin feels really comfortable, so he’s come into the squad as well.

“That adds to the competition for places and leaves me with a good dilemma.

“They have a good chance to come into the team and be involved today.”

Mark Robins’ Scunthorpe side are under pressure themselves, having won just once so far despite being much fancied in pre-season.

Despite recognising the Iron’s quality, McDonald believes today’s game offers the perfect chance for that vital first win.

“Scunthorpe will be a good test. I’ve been to see them against Wigan,” said the Pool boss.

“They are quite strong and have some dangerous players.

“We need to make sure we are ready to go there and get some points.

“We have one point out of six away from home and our home form hasn’t been very good. Let’s go there and pick up some points.”