McDonald hails his Blackpool Lion-hearts

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Neil McDonald praised his Blackpool team’s character after they came from behind against Millwall last night to stretch their unbeaten run to five.

A Jack Redshaw penalty 10 minutes from time saw Blackpool earn a 1-1 draw with the Lions at Bloomfield Road, though the manager felt it could have been three.

Referee Nigel Miller waved away a huge shout for a second penalty in the dying moments, when Brad Potts’ strike appeared to hit Shaun Cummings on the arm.

McDonald said: “There were a couple of handballs at the edge of the box as they put their bodies on the line, and I thought we could have got at least one of them.

“We had to abide by what the referee says. He gave one penalty but didn’t give the other.

“I think he got the first one right, which was enough for us. We put the ball in the box and tried to keep the pressure on.”

Despite having to settle for a point, McDonald was delighted with his side’s comeback after Mark Beevers had fired the Lions ahead on 34 minutes. And the Town boss feels it’s proof of a much tougher Blackpool side.

“I was pleased to come from behind and get a point,” he said.

“We didn’t lie down. We kept at it, kept trying to pass the ball and eventually got the goal I think we deserved.

“We put the pressure on and they eventually cracked.

“Jack took the penalty brilliantly. It was a superb finish.

“My team are much tougher to play against now and it’s good we are on a bit of a run.”

Pool had to be patient for much of the evening as Millwall looked comfortable and decent value for their lead.

But after defender Carlos Edwards was sent off for the foul on Redshaw which brought about the penalty, it made for a very uncomfortable finish for the visitors.

Lions boss Neil Harris was in no doubt his side deserved more than the point they got.

“It was frustrating, although it could end up a good point,” he said. “We controlled the game, I thought. We didn’t play very well in the second half but even then I thought we were in total control until the penalty and the red card.

“Until then we were never in danger of conceding a goal.We were comfortable for most of the game, so it was disappointing not to take all three points.”