McDonald feels Pool tactics were spot on

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald was delighted his counter-attacking game-plan paid off with Blackpool’s 1-0 win at Doncaster, insisting his tactics were right.

McDonald’s players defended deep and were happy to soak up Doncaster’s attacks before Mark Cullen’s late winner sealed what could prove a huge three points.

While many would have preferred to see Pool attack a poor Doncaster side, McDonald explained his decision to play on the counter.

The manager said: “You can be open and get picked off but we have to keep everything tight.

“We let the pressure build on Doncaster by keeping it tight and I think we created the better chances.

“Frustrating them helped and we got the rewards in the end. We are all delighted.”

McDonald hailed the overall performance, saying: “I thought we dominated the first half and created a lot of good chances.

“We were really disappointed at half-time not to have taken them, but we kept at it and we got a good goal in the end.

“We maybe got a bit of luck with the winner, but it’s about time we did and it was luck we earned.

“It was a real team performance. Everything we did was done with real shape and togetherness.

“We created a lot of good chances and we kept their attacks to a minimum.

“It was a thoroughly deserved victory and seven points in three games is a fantastic return.”

This seventh straight defeat leaves Doncaster deep in trouble and four points from safety.

Their manager Darren Ferguson said: “This game sums up how things have been going for us. We are now 15 games without a win and it’s showing.

“We put in a much better performance but we couldn’t get the win. It was a must-win game and we didn’t win.

“We could easily have been two up. They came here happy for a point but we switched off near the end and it eventually cost us.”