McDonald: Now Blackpool can move forward

McDonald celebrates the win with Herron
McDonald celebrates the win with Herron
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Neil McDonald revealed his huge relief as his battling Blackpool side earned their first win of the season.

Despite being outplayed for most of the afternoon at Scunthorpe, the Seasiders stood strong to cling on to Brad Pott’s first-half goal and earn their first away win in 489 days.

They had to withstand 23 shots from the Iron, but a mixture of good luck and outstanding goalkeeping from Colin Doyle left McDonald a very happy man.

“I’m relieved. We were under a lot of pressure as we haven’t won in a long time,” said the manager, whose club had last tasted victory at home to Millwall eight months and 25 games ago.

“We’ve had our first three points and our first clean sheet, and that’s given us all confidence to move forward now. We should have the confidence that we can get through a game if we play well or not.

“The atmosphere in the club has been good. We’ve tried to see the positives and we put our bodies on the line on Saturday. This is a new start, a good first win and I couldn’t ask for any more.”

The winner came 10 minutes before half-time, when Potts forced a Henry Cameron corner over the line at the far post.

It wasn’t pretty but McDonald doesn’t particularly care. “We needed one (to go in) off someone’s shoulder or chest and we got that. It gave us something to hold on to,” he added.

“It’s not the best we’ve played this season but we came to frustrate them and try to nick a goal, and that’s what we did. We defended really well after got the goal.

“I’ve criticised the team for not getting through second halves but we managed to do that.

“I think we played in patches but we defended well for 90 minutes, which was the difference. We can pass the ball much better, that’s for sure.”

Pool had last won on the road at Wigan in April 2014 and McDonald, who gave a debut to John Herron in midfield, is delighted to have put that terrible record to bed.

“It’s brilliant – all that tension and worry that we couldn’t get a win away from home is gone now,” he said. “I hope it’s the start of many, many more.”

The result lifted Pool two places off the bottom.