Pool’s misfiring strikers blasted by boss

Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw were both unused substitutes on Tuesday
Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw were both unused substitutes on Tuesday
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Blackpool’s misfiring strikers have been warned to shape up or expect to be left out.

Neil McDonald is fuming over his frontmen’s failure to find the net, with the Seasiders scoring just once in their last five games.

It led to Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw being left on the bench at Oldham on Tuesday, a decision which resulted in Pool’s fans chanting “You don’t know what you’re doing” towards the manager.

Cullen was McDonald’s biggest summer signing, costing £180,000 from Luton, but he has only seven goals to show for his 35 appearances and has gone 10 games without a goal.

Redshaw, a £100,000 addition from Morecambe, has scored only once in his last 18 matches.

That form prompted McDonald to axe the pair and the manager said: “They haven’t been playing as well as they should. They’ve been missing chances and haven’t been scoring, so it was a case of trying to find a balance and give someone else a try.

“Who is to say they won’t have the chance on Saturday and score some goals? But the lack of goals is costing us.”

Blackpool’s lack of attacking threat has often been their downfall this season, with poor finishing and dour tactics to blame.

Their total of 33 goals this season is the lowest in League One and they have failed to find the net in 17 of their 37 games.

It’s an issue McDonald is only too aware of. The Pool boss said: “We need to score more goals.

“I can’t seem to get a centre forward to score a goal for love nor money.

“That’s a big worry for me and it’s been a big worry all season. We have kept clean sheets but we aren’t scoring enough goals.

“It’s worrying, of course it is. All we can do is keep trying to create chances and hopefully eventually someone will put them away.

“Keeping clean sheets, like we have done all season, doesn’t win you games, so we need to step up to the plate now.”