Best Blackpool display delights McDonald

Blackpool celebrate Mark Cullen's opener against Chesterfield
Blackpool celebrate Mark Cullen's opener against Chesterfield
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Neil McDonald hailed his Blackpool side after their superb 2-0 home win over Chesterfield dragged them off the bottom of League One.

Brad Potts sealed the game with a superb second-half strike after Mark Cullen’s second-minute effort gave Pool an early lead.

It’s the Seasiders’ first win at Bloomfield Road under McDonald and their first in eight months.

And with Crewe losing at home to Southend, Pool climbed off the bottom and that delighted McDonald.

“It was the best performance from my team since I took over. There’s no doubt about that,” the manager said.

“Everyone won their individual battles and stopped the opposition from playing. We scored two goals and thoroughly deserved the win.”

McDonald was hugely critical of his players after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Shrewsbury, describing the display as “rock bottom”.

But the blast appeared to inspire his young squad, who were worthy winners over the Spireites.

McDonald added: “It was a great response from Saturday. That was more than a decent level. After I was critical of the players on Saturday, I am really pleased how well they responded.

“I didn’t say anything publicly that I haven’t said to them in the dressing room, but the response was just about perfect.

“It was nice to go in after the game and tell them they were fantastic to a man.”

Pool missed three big chances to kill the game off in the first half, a mixture of good goalkeeping and sloppy finishing letting Chesterfield off the hook before Potts finished a lovely break just after the hour.

McDonald admitted: “We probably should have been well ahead at the break. We should have put the game out of sight but we didn’t.

“After the break we had a couple of lucky escapes, especially with the one cleared off the line, but we stuck together, created chances and scored a fantastic second goal.

“Whatever time you score is good, but to score so early really helped our confidence.”

Pool were denied a perfect evening late on when defender Lloyd Jones limped off.

McDonald hopes to have the Liverpool loan star available for Saturday’s home clash with Swindon.

He said: “Lloyd took a knock across his ankle and was in a lot of pain.

“We’ll let it settle down and see how it is.”