Everyone is against Blackpool, claims McDonald

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Neil McDonald says no-one seems to like Blackpool – but they don’t care.

The Seasiders boss hit out at the critics ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Peterborough at Bloomfield Road.

Pool have been the subject of negative publicity and supporter protests for much of 2015, but the manager says he and his players have totally blanked it all out.

McDonald said: “We have a siege mentality here. Everyone seems to be against us.

“We hear people saying Blackpool are this and Blackpool are that, but we have stayed in our little bubble. We’ve kept believing in what we are doing.”

Blackpool’s form has been hit and miss to say the least this season, with a six-match unbeaten run followed by seven straight defeats and six games without a goal.

But after back-to-back wins against Fleetwood and Wigan, McDonald believes his side has what it takes to go on another positive run.

He said: “We are hoping we’ve laid the foundations for another run now.

“Two wins, especially the last one away from home, gives us all real confidence to move forward now.

“I thought we were excellent in the first half at Wigan.

“In the second half we sat back a bit. It was nice to get both parts right.

“We need to do both this weekend against Peterborough.”

Posh arrive at Bloomfield Road having won six of their last seven games.

They have enjoyed an incredible turnaround since former Preston manager Graham Westley took charge.

Westley won November’s manager of the month award after guiding them to fifth place in League One and Pool are fully aware of their threat.

McDonald said: “We come up against a team whose manager has just won the manager of the month. We know it will be a difficult game but (it’s)achievable to get points and keep the run going.”

Pool switched to a more defensive formation to see off Wigan 1-0. It saw McDonald sacrifice wingers in favour of an extra man (Will Aimson) just in front of the back four.

The Pool boss explained: “We needed to change the system last weekend and we’ll see whether we keep that.

“But it gives us options now. We have many different ways we can play.”