New buzz music to ears of Pool boss

Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald hopes the increasing noise level inside the Blackpool dressing room is a sign his squad are maturing.

Much has been made about the lack of experience at Blackpool this summer, as McDonald assembled a young side with very little League experience.

But after a tough seven games which continues – with a long trip to Gillingham today – the manager feels there are signs of improvement.

“Off the field there’s a really good atmosphere and it’s really growing,” said McDonald.

“On the field the players are starting to point the finger which is great to see.

“It’s not in a negative way saying it’s his fault or whatever, but they know where they have to do better.

“It’s a good thing to see and it shows my squad are finding their feet.”

Blackpool’s task today looks a tough one to say the least, coming up against a Gills side in red hot form and currently sitting at the top of the League One table.

They’ve won all three of their home games so far this season, not conceding a goal in process.

But McDonald is convinced Pool have a chance.

He said:”They are top of the table and have won all their games at home so it will be tough.

“We went to Scunthorpe with a game plan and if we do that again then I think we’ll come home with some points. “We travelled down yesterday, it was a long trip to be honest.

“Last night we did some work and got the travel out of their legs.

“Let’s hope it’s all worthwhile and we can take some points out of the game.”

After going with just one up front against Scunthorpe last weekend it’s likely to be another long, lonely afternoon for loan man Mark Cullen.

The former Luton striker was forced to feed off scraps on Saturday but McDonald hopes he’ll get much more joy today.

“Mark is the forward man and we have to get up and support him as quickly as we can,” he said.

“In stages we have done that but haven’t enough so we’ll have to do that better today.”