Stand-in stars give McDonald wrong answers

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald
Blackpool boss Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald says some of Blackpool’s squad have played themselves out of his selection plans.

The Pool boss handed chances to a number of previously under used players for the cup clashes at Barnet and Wigan this week, with two poor defeats the result.

It’s expected the Seasiders will return to full-strength for the visit of Doncaster tomorrow, with very few of the stand-ins doing their chances much good.

“Plenty of players have been knocking on my door saying they wanted to be in the team,” revealed the manager.

“On Saturday they gave me the wrong answers.

“I tried to give players a chance and not one of them took it.”

Blackpool face a Doncaster side on a decent run since the arrival of new boss Darren Ferguson last month.

McDonald has piled pressure on his young players by describing tomorrow’s game as ‘massive’, but he also wants fans to understand there will be ups and downs.

He said: “Everyone has to remind themselves that this is a young side and there will be ups and downs, it’s going to be a roller coaster.

“We went seven games without getting beat and hardly conceded a goal.

“Yet the three games we’ve conceded five goals and lost two games. It’s going to be topsy turvy.”

Pool will be without defender Hayden White who could return from injury next week, while Martin Paterson could again miss-out with a hamstring strain.