Blackpool boss McDonald hails long-awaited landmark

Mark Cullen celebrates his winning goal
Mark Cullen celebrates his winning goal
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Neil McDonald hailed his Blackpool side as they won back-to-back home games for the first time in more than two years.

Mark Cullen’s first-half strike was enough to defeat fellow strugglers Swindon Town at Bloomfield Road and seal an achievement which proved beyond Pool’s last three managers.

Not since August 2013, when Paul Ince was in charge, have Pool won two home games on the bounce and McDonald hopes his team can continue reversing the negative trends.

After his side’s second victory in five days, the manager said: “Lot’s of people want to bring up statistics about what we have done and haven’t done.

“These boys can break a lot of these records if they keep working as hard as they have. We are trying to end these records and get the momentum going now.

“After the club hasn’t won for a while at home – not us but the club – it’s nice to get the smiles back.

“The latest game was fantastic. We’ve worked very hard to get that and it’s taken time.

“We’ve secured six points out of six, which was the target we set. We’ve scored three in two games and not conceded any, which is great.

“It makes it even better that we’ve managed to do that at home. It’s really pleasing.”

McDonald’s men could have sealed the game with a second goal but substitute Bright Samuel missed a chance and Brad Potts rattled a post with a sensational 25-yard drive.

But McDonald was more than happy with his third win as Pool boss.

He added: “The results give everyone masses of confidence.

“Swindon had plenty of possession but Colin Doyle only made one save all afternoon, which is great.

“For me, the opposition can have as much of the ball as they like if they aren’t hurting us.

“We are looking forward to the games now. The boys are full of confidence. They are working hard now and the lads are getting their rewards.

“We created chances in both halves and haven’t taken them. I’ll take a 1-0, although we should have put the game behind doubt.

“It was great to hear the crowd cheer the teams off.”