‘We aren’t down yet,’ says Blackpool boss

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald insists Blackpool “are not relegated yet” and called for a reaction from his players in their final three games.

The Seasiders’ terrible display in their 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday left the manager fuming and Pool staring back-to-back relegations in the face.

But with three games remaining McDonald was quick to hit out at people who claimed their fate was sealed.

“We certainly are not relegated yet, and I’m underlining yet,” he said.

“We need a reaction in the next three games and if we can get a reaction in those, especially wins, we’ll be fine.

“We need to stand up and be counted for the next three games – it’s as simple as that.”

Pool’s second half performance has gained widespread criticism, including from manager McDonald himself.

It was their second defeat on the bounce after losing to Colchester just a week before, and McDonald remains less than happy with his squad.

He said: “I felt very let down by the performance of the players. The body language of the players left a lot of questions on Saturday. The players who haven’t been playing will expect to next week.

“I’ve tried to stay strong with my team selection after picking up points, but Saturday was a poor performance.”

Blackpool face Fylde coast rivals Fleetwood this weekend, before a home game against Wigan and a final day trip to Peterborough.

They’ll need at least two wins to give themselves a genuine hope of survival, and McDonald hopes that can start at Highbury on Saturday.

“We have to pick it up now,” he said. “If we go into Saturday feeling sorry for ourselves we are in big trouble.

“We are playing our local rivals this weekend in Fleetwood and we have to go and try to win the game.”

Pool’s players were back on the training ground yesterday dissecting Saturday’s horror display, with all thoughts now turning to the weekend.

And McDonald insists the work done at Squires Gate has not been the problem, taking it into games is the issue.

The Pool boss explained: “Last week was big and the players trained well, but they obviously left their performances on the training ground.

“I was disappointed, especially with the senior players, they didn’t perform like they should have done. We let everyone down and they certainly let me down.”