McDonald’s ‘concern’ as Pool hit rock bottom

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald

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Neil McDonald has admitted he’s ‘concerned’ by Blackpool’s poor start to the season.

The Seasiders lie bottom of the table having lost three out of four of their League One games under the new boss as well as crashing out of the League Cup at the hands of League Two side Northampton Town.

And ahead of this weekend’s visit of high-flying Walsall, McDonald says concern is growing.

“Of course I’m concerned we are bottom, yes,” he admitted.

“We need to put points on the board but over the four games certain things have pleased me, certain things haven’t.

“One thing we certainly need to do is try to keep a clean sheet.

“I tried to do that on Saturday by playing slightly different and it almost worked.

“It’s frustrating and it’s difficult but we will keep on working and believing.”

The Pool boss admitted last weekend he was desperate for new additions to his squad but revealed the club’s ongoing ‘problems’ were making recruitment difficult.

Blackpool were given permission to talk to two players at the start of the week but as yet neither deal has managed to get over the line.

Despite only returning from a six-week FA ban a week ago, chairman Karl Oyston has been away from the club this week on holiday.

Pool have until 6pm on Tuesday to add to their squad before the closing of the transfer window, although they’ll be able to bring players in on loan after that.

One area they won’t need to strengthen in is between the sticks, where number one Colin Doyle is quickly recovering from a broken collar-bone.

McDonald revealed: “Colin is doing really well which is good news.

“Saturday is probably too soon but I’m sure he’ll be fit for the Scunthorpe game in two weeks time.”

Saturday’s opponents Walsall have made an unbeaten satrt in League One and lie in second place.