McDonald demands second-half improvement at Blackpool

Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald has a simple New Year’s battlecry for his Blackpool players – do better than in the first half of the season.

The Seasiders have collected 25 points from their 23 League One games so far – the same total they managed in the whole of last season.

And McDonald wants his side to match this total quickly in 2016, then go on to beat it.

The Seasiders manager said: “We want a better year for Blackpool, that’s for sure.

“We’ve got 25 points in the first half of the season and we want to beat that in the second half.

“The target is to beat that as quickly as we can. We need to get to that 50-point mark and see where we are from there.”

2015 was a year to forget for everyone at Bloomfield Road*. In fact, Blackpool were the second-worst performing side in the whole of the Football League .

Only Yeovil had a poorer points-per-game average than Pool’s 0.82 as the Seasiders lost 26 of the year’s 45 games.

But with a clear improvement in results since the arrival of McDonald, the manager isn’t that keen to see the old year end.

He added: “I’m not glad to see the back of 2015. I think since I arrived the players have at least played for the shirt and have been proud to play for Blackpool.

“We may have fallen short a few times but we’ve shown lots of character and we will show the character to succeed in 2016.”

McDonald began 2015 in the comfort of the Premier League as Sam Allardyce’s assistant at West Ham before making the jump into management in June.

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*If you missed William Watt’s review of the year, it is now online at www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/blackpool-fc