McDonald wants protests to stay outside Bloomfield Road

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Neil McDonald called for fans to keep their protests outside of the ground as Blackpool look for a vital victory this afternoon.

Thousands are expected to take part in a protest being dubbed ‘Judgement Day 2’ as fans once again make a point against the club’s owners, the Oyston family.

A march will weave its way through the town, starting at the Stanley Arms pub in Church Street and arriving at Bloomfield Road just ahead of the 12.30pm kick-off.

“Whatever the fans do before the game, that’s up to them, but once they come into the stadium all I ask is for their full support,” said the boss.

“It makes a big difference. It’s not for me to talk about last year’s incidents, I just have to concentrate on the team. If we are winning I’m sure there will be no problems.”

Many Blackpool fans have turned their backs on home matches this season, with games against Bradford and Coventry appearing to have more away than home fans inside Bloomfield Road.

That would be the case again this afternoon with more than 3,000 Wigan fans expected.

He said: “Other managers have commented this season on not many people coming in and the atmosphere around the ground.

“I used to come here in the past and the place was jumping, we really need that again now. Whatever they do before the game, they do.”

Wigan come into today’s game three points clear at the top of League One with two games to go despite stuttering a little in recent weeks.

They only managed one win in their last three games, including a 3-1 defeat against Doncaster two weeks ago.

“I’m hoping Wigan want to win the league at their place and we’ll catch them off ground,” McDonald said.

“They are a good team and that’s why they are top of the league, they have some great players.

“They are not invincible, that’s for sure. We have to make sure we are right on top of our game.”