McDonald pleased despite game stoppage

Neil McDonald at Lancaster on Saturday
Neil McDonald at Lancaster on Saturday
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Neil McDonald says he’s ‘very. very pleased’ with Blackpool’s start to pre-season, despite his side failing to finish the game.

Two goals from debutant Mark Cullen and a Henry tap-in had given Pool a 3-1 lead before the players were forced to leave the pitch following a 75th minute pitch invasion.

McDonald handed eight players debuts against Lancaster City, with Brad Potts and midfielder John Herron among the new boys to catch the eye.

Once again the Blackpool boss wasn’t allowed to talk to The Gazette, meaning there was no mention of the game’s abandonment.

But he did talk about the football, and seems happy with what he saw.

“We’ve worked them extremely hard over the two weeks we’ve been in and everybody has integrated really well,” he told Pool’s website.

“The information I’ve given them they’ve implemented as much as they could.

“I think the boys enjoyed the game and enjoyed scoring three goals, but we’ve still got a lot of work to do.

“On the whole I’m very, very pleased with the work they’ve done and the way they’ve applied themselves.”

Around 700 Pool fans made the trip to the Giant Axe, with many expecting to see new signing Jack Redshaw in action. But McDonald explained the £180,000 signing from Morecambe wasn’t quite ready.

He explained: “I didn’t want to take a chance with him on Saturday, he didn’t come in for training until Friday and I wasn’t quite sure where he was (fitness wise).

“I wasn’t prepared to take a risk on him getting injured.”