McDonald: Let’s take this show on the road

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald hopes Blackpool’s current run of form can be taken on the road, starting tomorrow at Bury.

The Seasiders face the Shakers tomorrow on the back of a superb run of six games without defeat – four of those games on home soil at Bloomfield Road.

McDonald’s men have won just one league game on the road so far this season, when Brad Potts’ goal earned three points at Scunthorpe.

And the Pool boss hopes they can add to that just down the road in Greater Manchester tomorrow. “We need to build on the one away win now,” he said. “The good point we got at Coventry gives us real confidence as we played well against one of the top teams.

“Bury have been up there too although they’ve faltered a little bit in the last couple of games. They’ll be ready to go on another run now and we have to make sure we are concentrating to get the results.

“I think Bury have carried momentum from last season and they’ve taken it by storm to be fair to them.”

Much has been made of Blackpool’s recent improvement, after almost 18 months of terrible form which saw them crash out of the Championship last season.

The unbeaten run has moved the Seasiders out of the League One relegation zone, and delighted boss McDonald.

He explained: “Both aspects of our play is pleasing us at the moment, defensively and attacking.

“In defence we are attacking with our brains now as well as doing the physical side really well.

“We are thinking about where we should be and what positions we should be in.

“As well as that our attacking play is really exciting, we are moving the ball really well, getting into good positions and creating chances.

“Putting them both together in this run has been really pleasing.”

McDonald’s insists his men move the ball quickly around the park.

It’s something he feels his players are doing better now, and explained why it is important.

“ We want to move the ball so we have less people from the opposition behind the ball when we attack,” he said.

“If we can move the ball quickly and get that pass and get up against the back-four then we have clever players in attack.

“When we did move the ball on quickly on Saturday it really showed.

“We played one and two touch football and we got the ball forward and scored.”