McDonald: Blackpool fans entitled to boo

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Neil McDonald says Blackpool fans had every right to boo during Saturday’s defeat to Doncaster.

Large sections of the Bloomfield Road crowd showed their frustration as the Seasiders fell to their fifth defeat on the bounce tumbling back into the relegation zone in the process.

Last week McDonald refused to apologise to the long-suffering supporters after his weakened teams crashed out of two cups, but he’s much more sympathetic now.

“The fans had every right to boo,” he said.

“Your paper asked questions about how they travel a long way to support the team so they have the right too.

“The players weren’t very good on Saturday, so they have a right to be disappointed.

“It’s not very nice hearing our fans booing but they pay their money.”

McDonald has repeatedly talked about the amount of support his side have received at Bloomfield Road this season, even suggesting it surprised him at first.

But after a terrible display at the weekend, he admits they are maybe starting to lose patience.

McDonald conceded: “That’s without a shadow of a doubt the worst we’ve played at home.

“The fans have been patient but we need to handle that little bit of criticism.

“We have to show that little bit more confidence on the ball and not shrivel, conceding that first goal was a really big thing.

“We are trying and just aren’t good enough at the moment.

“That was the poorest of the three games we’ve lost in the league.”

The result saw Blackpool fall below Swindon into 21st place in the League One table, just a point above fellow Fylde coast strugglers Fleetwood in the drop zone.

It’s something which is hugely frustrating for the boss.

“I’m disappointed to be back into the relegation zone,” he admitted.

“We just didn’t play on Saturday, it’s as simple as that.

“They moved the ball on much quicker than what we did and we didn’t take the chances when they came.

“We are hoping for a much better display against Southend on Saturday.

“It’s a case of us all working hard now this week to bounce back from the weekend.

“The reaction of the players will be hugely important and hopefully we’ll be ready to go again.”