McDonald: Don’t show any mercy

Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald wants Blackpool to take advantage of a Doncaster side on their worst run of form for eight years.

Not since 2008 have today’s opponents lost six games on the bounce, a run which has seen them fall below Blackpool into the relegation zone.

Friday’s 4-1 hammering by then bottom club Colchester has left them two points behind Pool with a game in hand. And McDonald has called on his players to show no mercy on their hosts today

“We have to capitalise on Doncaster’s poor run,” said the boss. “The win at Crewe gave us a lot of confidence away from home and I think we’ve improved on the road.

“We have to capitalise on their nerves at home now, hopefully we can take advantage of that.”

After a poor run of five defeats in six games, Blackpool have gone two unbeaten and picked up four points from a possible six.

It’s improved their chances of survival, although this afternoon’s game could be crucial.

He said: “We must be positive and feel good about ourselves that we’ve managed to take four points from two pressure games. It’s important we go on a bit of a run now.

“We can take four from the Easter period now, and that’s what we want.

“We have to play on the counter-attack and create lots of chance. If we do that we’ll have a really good chance of winning.

“Every game is going to be nervous now. We want everyone to get behind the team and believe in us.”

The outlook could have been a whole lot better had Pool held on to their lead against Bury on Friday.

McDonald said: “It’s always disappointing when you can’t win your home games but we have played much better than we did on Friday and lost.