McDonald: We must stop the rot tonight

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald has demanded that his Blackpool players “stop the rot” at Port Vale this evening, writes WILLIAM WATT.

The Seasiders head to the Potteries on the back of six defeats on the bounce and are second-bottom of the League One table.

Tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off is Pool’s last chance to build some confidence before neighbours Fleetwood Town arrive at Bloomfield Road on Saturday for the clubs’ first ever league meeting.

And McDonald wants a major turnaround in fortunes tonight.

“We have to stop the rot. We are on a losing streak now,” admitted the Blackpool boss.

“On Saturday we looked more solid, which pleased me, so we have to take that into the Port Vale game.

“But we need to defend better, stop the crosses and take our chances when they come.

“Port Vale is a difficult place to go and play.

“The pitch is big and they will have some strong players, like they did in the cup (Pool won 2-1 there in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy seven weeks ago).

“They will want their revenge from that game and they’ll feel they have a good chance of beating us.

“We must be more clinical when we get chances.”