Hints of Hendry in Blackpool defender Aldred

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Neil McDonald has praised Blackpool defender Tom Aldred, seeing similarities with Colin Hendry.

Aldred has been one of Pool’s best performers with his committed displays since breaking into the team three games ago.

His willingness to throw himself in front of the ball to block shots has been particularly eye-catching.

And manager McDonald said it’s a trait he’s seen before.

“I’ve seen a player do that in Colin Hendry. He used to do that all the time,” said the Blackpool boss.

“If Tom can become half the player Colin was, then he’ll have a very good career. It’s up to everyone to put their bodies on the line.

“We give the opposition far too much space on the ball in the first half against Barnsley last weekend. We didn’t get close enough. When we did after the break, we got our reward.”

While Blackpool lie bottom of League One, McDonald can point to recent improved displays ahead of Saturday’s visit to Micky Mellon’s newly promoted Shrewsbury.

And while actions speak louder than words, McDonald is at least pleased with what he’s hearing.

He said: “It’s nice to hear people say we may be turning the corner. I think we are getting there.

“If we play like we did in the second half on Saturday for the full 90 minutes, then we’ll pick up lots and lots of points.”

One player in contention to face the Shrews is striker Martin Paterson.

Despite getting international clearance just in time to feature last weekend, Paterson remained on the bench as an unused sub.

“Martin wasn’t quite ready,” explained McDonald. “Kwame Thomas was ahead of him in terms of fitness, so I decided to go for him.

“Martin is getting fitter all the time and I don’t think he’s far off being used now.

“When he’s fully fit I’m confident he’ll be an asset and will score plenty of goals for us.”