McDonald plotting to take sting out of Bees

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Neil McDonald insists he won’t be making wholesale changes for trip to Barnet, but there could be some.

The Seasiders face a long journey to north London tomorrow competing in the FA Cup’s opening round for the first time since 2007.

After making eight changes for the club’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Port Vale last month, many expected a similar tactic tomorrow.

But the Blackpool boss insists he’ll be taking it very seriously.

“We are going to Barnet to win the game there’s no doubt about that,” said McDonald.

“The FA Cup is a special competition and we’ll be respected Barnet.

“We’ll be sending a strong team, all the players will be travelling.

“We may make the odd changes because of knocks and playing three games in a week, but its a very strong team we’ll be putting out.”

While tomorrow’s League Two opponents may be a division below the Seasiders, they come into the game on the back of a four game unbeaten run.

Boss Martin Allen was at Valley Parade to watch the Seasiders lose 1-0 on Tuesday night, and McDonald hopes he’s worried about what he saw.

He said: “Martin has done his homework by watching us on Tuesday and we’ve done ours too on them. We know what they are all about. Hopefully he’ll be a little bit worried with what he saw on Tuesday night. We’ve had them watched and they have some very decent players.”

Tomorrow’s game is the third of four away games on the bounce for Pool, who are in JPT action at Wigan on Tuesday night.

“It’s another away game, we have a fair few of those at the moment,” said McDonald.

“We respect both of the cups as we’ve lost two on the bounce now and we aren’t happy with that. So tomorrow is about getting back to winning ways now.”