McDonald delighted with battling Pool display

Blackpool's players celebrate the win at Wigan

Blackpool's players celebrate the win at Wigan

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Neil McDonald paid tribute to his Blackpool side after a battling 1-0 win at Wigan.

Tom Aldred’s 36th minute header earned the Seasiders back-to-back victories to lift them out of the relegation zone by a point and up to 19th.

And after a tough spell which saw them lose seven on the bounce, McDonald is delighted with his players.

“I was absolutely delighted with Saturday’s performance,” said the proud boss.

“I thought the first-half display was excellent, the way we passed it, moved it and created good chances.

“We then took our goal which was the first we’ve scored in a while ourselves so that was great.

“It’s now two clean sheets in a row and six points which is very, very pleasing indeed.”

With no game last weekend McDonald worked hard on a game plan to frustrate their high-flying hosts, one which worked a treat in the opening half.

After the break they had to rely on some big defensive displays, but the Pool boss feels his side deserved the points.

He said: “I think we created good movement and played a system which encouraged the counter attack.

“We didn’t take all our chances but when a good corner from David Ferguson came in, Tom Aldred finished it really well.

“We had plenty of people in the box attacking the ball and it was great to see something on the training ground coming off.

“I thought we defended really well and kept our shape, particularly in the first half.

“In the second half we had to be dogged and keep our concentration.

“I thought defensively we were outstanding.

“We have worked really hard on the training ground during the break and it was really pleasing how we played on Saturday.

“We had an idea how Wigan would play and worked on that.

“The fact we went to a top six side and kept a clean sheet and won the game really was excellent.”