McDonald: Bring home winning feeling

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Neil McDonald wants his Blackpool side to end their home drought this afternoon against Barnsley.

The Seasiders haven’t won a game at Bloomfield Road for eight months and have lost all three of their home games so far this season.

But after improved performances on the road at Scunthorpe and Gillingham in recent weeks, McDonald now wants his side to get that winning feeling at home.

“We need to win at home, we haven’t won at home this season,” he said.

“It’s been a while since we won at Bloomfield Road.

“We have to try and bring the determination we’ve shown away from home into home games.

“If we can do that we will be able to get some points on the board.

“We are back at home this weekend, and we need to perform much better at Bloomfield Road.

“We will be trying hard to get that first victory at home.

“We’ve done it away now, and it’s time we did it at home and put some smiles on the faces of our 

McDonald’s new squad has taken time to settle, winning just one of their seven competitive games so far.

But the Pool boss, who has the constant off the field dramas to contend with, feels they are finally making progress.

He said: “The confidence is better now with the results.

“We started the season with seven players and it’s taken time to settle.

“We’ve recruited well and the team are finally starting to gel.

“They are in decent form and play some decent football.

“We have to be ready for them but our form is good in the past couple of games.

“We need to win games at home now, it’s as simple as that.”

Pool have an almost fully fit squad to chose from for this afternoon’s game, with only Jarrett Rivers missing.

The winger has a enjoyed a stop-start time since arriving at the club, and will miss today’s game.

“We’ve only got one injury at the moment, Jarrett Rivers has tweaked his hamstring,” said McDonald.

“He’s the only one who isn’t available, so the squad is in good shape.”