McDonald: I expect a response from my players tonight

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald admits everyone at Bloomfield Road is on a major learning curve and expects a ‘response’ against Burton tonight.

The Seasiders welcome Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side to Bloomfield Road this evening (7.45pm) as McDonald searches for his first win as Blackpool boss.

And after conceding seven goals in their opening three games of the season, the Blackpool manager admits there’s plenty of work to be done.

“The heads are still up, this is a learning curve for everyone at the club,” said McDonald.

“We need a response on Tuesday and the players will be ready.

“It’s going to take time but the harsh reality is we need to win football matches and that’s what we are trying to do.

“We are working hard on the training field and we will keep working hard ahead of the game on Tuesday.

“On Saturday we created a few chances but it was poor defending for the two goals and more work is required.”

Burton come into the game in good spirits having continued their good form from last season when they won the League Two title.

An opening day win against Scunthorpe was followed by a superb League Cup victory against Bolton although they fell to defeat at the weekend against Barnsley.

McDonald said: “It’s a perfect chance to bounce back.

“Burton are a strong outfit and we will be ready, we’ve had them watched and know how they are likely to set-up.”

With so much going on in and around Bloomfield Road you’d be forgiven for thinking boss McDonald had been in charge much longer than his four months at the helm.

And he admits it’s been a hectic introduction to the Fylde coast.

“It’s been a fully packed start,” he said.

“It’s been busy trying to recruit the correct players and then get them ready in such a short space of time.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve done so far.”

It’s Blackpool’s second home game in a week and after huge sections of empty seats were on show on Saturday, McDonald is hoping for more supporters to turn out tonight.

He said: “Come and watch, we want you to come and watch your team.

“We are representing their team and we are trying to give our best and play for the shirt.

“I was really pleased with the support and the players even mentioned that afterwards on Saturday.”