Pool’s rise from rock bottom to rock-solid

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald, left, with Blackpool's Mark Cullen at the end of the game
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald, left, with Blackpool's Mark Cullen at the end of the game
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Neil McDonald was delighted with a well-earned 0-0 draw at Coventry and thought Blackpool should have won.

Both sides had chances in an open game at the Ricoh Arena as Pool stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

While the travelling fans seemed over the moon with the point, manager McDonald felt it could have been more.

“I was really pleased with the performance,” he said. “Defensively we were really rock-solid and Colin Doyle only had to deal with a couple of half-chances.

“In my opinion we created six really good chances without sticking the ball in the net. I was disappointed we didn’t win the game in the end.

“Some of our play was really good but the boys were disappointed with a point.

“Everyone was disappointed with the last away performance at Shrewsbury (where he described his team as ‘rock-bottom’) but this time every single player performed and I was really chuffed with that.”

McDonald pointed to the 63rd minute, when Mark Cullen shot wide, as a key point.

The Pool boss said: “Mark’s chance was a brilliant one. He battled the two centre-halves brilliantly but unfortunately didn’t stick it in the net.

“But he wasn’t the only one and that’s the one disappointment – that we could get a goal.”

McDonald was delighted with the way his side then shut up shop for the draw.

“We managed the game really well near the end, which shows how far we’ve come.The players aren’t diving in and giving away silly free-kicks any more. It’s really pleasing.”

And after a week of speculation that McDonald could join his old pal Sam Allardyce at Sunderland, he insisted: “Sam needs an assistant but it won’t be me. I’ll be staying here at Blackpool. It’s amazing a Blackpool manager actually wants to stay here, isn’t it?”