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.”