Fourth win on bounce the target for Pool boss

Neil McDonald

Neil McDonald

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Neil McDonald doesn’t want his Blackpool side to rest despite being out of the drop zone for Christmas.

Three wins on the bounce, the latest a 2-0 win at home to Peterborough, has seen the Seasiders climb to 17th in League One and four points above the bottom four.

Despite that McDonald won’t be relaxing over his Christmas dinner, he wants more from his players.

“It’s nice to see a bit of a gap,” he said.

“We have to keep on winning as the teams below us keep winning too.

“It’s nice to put a bit of a run together and we must keep our feet on the floor.”

Blackpool have two games in four days over the festive period, with struggling Oldham due at Bloomfield Road on Saturday before a trip to Barnsley 48 hours later.

And the boss feels his side are starting to get what they deserve after a difficult spell.

He said: “We are getting our just rewards now for all the effort they are putting in.

“The five games before these three there wasn’t much in them and not much difference between the two sides. It was fine lines apart from the Doncaster game. The harder we work the luckier we seem to be getting.”

On Saturday Mark Cullen’s opener came after just two minutes, something which has become a trend in recent weeks.

In all of Pool’s last three wins they’ve broken the deadlock first and given themselves something to hold onto.

And McDonald feels that’s important.

“It’s always great to get that first goal,” said McDonald. It gives you a spring in your step and puts the opposition on the back foot.

“We’ve done it in the last three games now and we’ve seen the difference.

“When we get the first goal there’s a totally different buzz about the place.

“We are raring to go for Oldham now.”