Play-offs not out of reach for Blackpool,says McDonald

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Neil McDonald believes Blackpool could end the Christmas period within touching distance of the play-offs.

After weeks of insisting his aim at Bloomfield Road was to stop the rot and avoid relegation, the manager has spoken for the first time about ambitions much higher up the table.

Pool welcome Peterborough to Bloomfield Road this afternoon on the back of two wins which have seen McDonald’s men climb out of the League One drop zone.

Today’s game is the first of four in a fortnight, with 12 crucial points up for grabs – that’s the number by which Pool trail the top four.

McDonald said: “We beat Fleetwood and won another derby against Wigan, so everyone’s in a good mood now.

“I know a lot about my team. It’s been a rollercoaster and I think it’s going to be like that all the way through the season.

“Can we make it three wins (in a row) for the first time in a long time?

“If we can win the next two, then we will quickly move up the league.

“If we can put that run together we won’t be too far away from the play-offs.”

In-form Posh are the visitors this afteroon, a side totally revitalised by new manager Graham Westley.

They have won six of their last seven games and are talking about automatic promotion.

And McDonald expects a tough test today. The Pool boss explained: “They will come on the front foot. They almost play 4-2-4.

“They want to get the ball forward and they want to score goals. We have to be on our guard defensively.”

Today’s game is Pool’s last before Christmas, though they welcome Oldham to Bloomfield Road on Boxing Day and then visit Oldham and Burton over the following week .

And McDonald would like to win this afternoon to put a Christmas smile on the fans’ faces. He said: “At the same time it’s important we cause a threat, like we did against Wigan.

“If we do that, we will add points to our tally.

“We want to send our supporters away happy for Christmas.”