McDonald: We aren’t getting lucky, we are earning wins

Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald

Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald

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Neil McDonald insists his Blackpool side didn’t get lucky on Saturday – they earned the win.

Tom Aldred’s first-half header was the difference away to high-flying Wigan, though it was Pool’s defensive display which caught the eye.

The home side enjoyed 61 per cent of possession at the DW Stadium, with Wigan having 17 shots on goal to Pool’s five.

But McDonald feels his side deserved their win – for their work rate if nothing else.

“Football is all about working hard,” the manager said. “When you work hard you get lucky.

“The harder you work the luckier you get. We need to keep doing that. They are a young team who are growing up together.

“We’ve come through that tough run now as a group and we’ve picked up back-to-back wins.

“What we try to do is to create an atmosphere where everyone likes coming into work.

“The work ethic of the players is excellent and it’s really showing.”

The first goal in matches has been key for the Seasiders this season – results often determined by who scores first.

On Saturday it was Blackpool who got it and McDonald says that making the breakthrough is vital.

He said: “In football in general, if you get that first goal you can relax. That’s the same for us.

“We wanted to play on the front foot at Wigan. We are creating chances now, which is excellent.

“We had a pressure game against Fleetwood followed by a game against a side which was flying in the league.

“That’s two wins out of two now and it’s really given us something to build on.

“I’m delighted with the two victories and I want us to put a run together now.”