McDonald ready for Blackpool's 'cup final'

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Neil McDonald has described today’s clash with Fleetwood as a ‘cup final’ for his Blackpool side.

Having lost all of their last seven games, a defeat at Bloomfield Road this afternoon would equal a club record and pile pressure on McDonald and his squad.

While the game is being billed as a local derby, many Blackpool fans are expected to turn their backs on the game and once again opt to protest against the club’s owners outside of the stadium.

And ahead of the meeting between the clubs which are just six miles apart, McDonald considers it massive.

“It’s a cup final for us, it has to be treated like that,” he said.

“They are our local rivals and one we are really looking forward to.

“I think it will be a really exciting game with blood and thunder, I’d imagine.

“Whoever manages to put the ball in the net will win the game.

“Every game is massive for us.

“This is the first time the clubs have played each other in the Football League, so it’s hugely important.

“Most importantly it’s vitally important for us to try and stop this losing run.

“After that it’s important we go and win the local derby.

“We have to not be feeling sorry for ourselves, play the football we know we can and put the ball in the net.”

Fleetwood are expected to be cheered on by more than 2,000 fans at Bloomfield Road today, and McDonald hopes the Blackpool supporters can add to the atmosphere.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the game.

“It’s an exciting game for everyone, I want our fans to get behind our lads and

make it intimidating for Fleetwood.

“They’ve never played here before so lets make it intimidating for them.

“I need the fans behind us for as long as possible in the 90 minutes.”

Blackpool’s run has seen them fall to joint bottom of the League One table, having failed to score in each of their last six games.

And McDonald couldn’t think of a better game to try and turn things around.

He said: “It’s the perfect game for us to have in the position we are in.“It’s the perfect chance for us to turn things around, especially since we are at home.

“Fleetwood have had a fantastic run from non-league to where they are now.

“It’s a pleasure to have them playing here at Bloomfield Road in a local derby.

“We are on a losing streak and they are on a winning streak so I hope form goes out the window.

“Derbies are blood and thunder and we need to be determined and concentrate.

“Both teams will be trying very hard to win the game.”