The ‘perfect day’ for delighted McDonald

Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool's manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald was “chuffed” with his Blackpool players after they beat Peterborough 2-0.

Posh had won six of their previous seven games and the Pool manager was rightly delighted.

McDonald said: “I’m well chuffed. I thought we looked really solid defensively against a team who have been scoring for fun. In attack, we pinched the ball and put the chances away well. It was a perfect day.”

McDonald again opted for the 4-1-3-2 formation which worked so well at Wigan a week earlier.

It involved using Will Aimson as a defensive midfielder to shore things up at the back, and McDonald added: “Against the top teams, you have to stop them from playing by stopping them at source. We are certainly doing that at the moment.

“In the last two games we’ve changed the formation and it’s worked well. I didn’t think they got in behind us.

“All the chances they had were from long-range and Dean Lyness has dealt with everything thrown at him. Long may that continue.”

Unlike in the previous two wins, Pool were dangerous in attack throughout and McDonald actually felt they could have scored more.

He said: “I thought we looked sharp in attack, got that first pass off and caused some problems with our movement and attacking.

“If I’m being greedy, we possibly could have scored more than two in the first half.”

Posh left Bloomfield Road frustrated after their first defeat since October but manager Graham Westley was looking on the bright side.

He said: “You have to be good in victory and in defeat, and we have to learn from that

“It wasn’t the best afternoon for us. We had most of the shots, possession and play, but our finishing lacked in the end. We lacked clinicality and accuracy.”