McDonald: Now Doncaster match is ‘massive’ for Blackpool

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Neil McDonald has described Saturday’s home clash with Doncaster as “massive” after watching his Blackpool side lose two cup games on the bounce.

The Seasiders boss has received some criticism for his decision to field weakened sides in the FA Cup and JPT defeats away to Barnet and Wigan, but McDonald insisted all eyes are on Saturday’s vital League One clash.

With the Seasiders just a point above the relegation zone, the manager is adamant a win this weekend is all that matters.

“Doncaster is now a massive game but our home form is excellent,” he said.

“We’ve been on the road for four games now and conceded far too many goals.

“We need to get back to how we played at home over the last five games.

“We’ve taken 11 points from 15 in the last five home games and played much better. We’ve created much better chances.

“We have been defensively solid too and we must get back to that, especially in home games.”

Emmerson Boyce, Mark Cullen, Jim McAlister, David Norris, Brad Potts and Jack Redshaw will all be reinstated to the starting line-up as McDonald returns to full-strength this weekend.

McDonald has again defended his decision to rest his senior players for the cup matches, insisting a win on Saturday will help

He said: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. Three points will cheer everyone up. My priority has been to try to stop the rot.

“In the last couple of years we’ve not won many games and have been relegated.

“What I am trying to do (in the cup matches) is give the squad a game but at the same time pick a team which I thought could win the game. The players didn’t perform anywhere near their potential.

The Pool 11 which took the field at Wigan on Tuesday night was hugely inexperienced, with only three of the outfield players having played more than 10 senior games before this season.

But McDonald feels his young players have gained vital experience.

He added: “It’s a learning curve for everyone all this. We only took one point from the first five games but then we battled back and showed real character.

“But in the last few games we’ve conceded far too many goals. We have to put that behind us now and try to get the three points on Saturday.”