Blackpool have finally started climbing up the table
Blackpool have finally started climbing up the table after their third consecutive clean sheet at home against Gillingham.
This clean sheet helped the home team get a 1-0 win, which is of great importance especially since it came against a team chasing promotion. Gillingham are second in the table, but they have been looking frail of late. Just two wins in the last four matches meant that Blackpool were in with a chance to get something out of the match. After having stayed unbeaten in the last four matches, Neil McDonald was confident of the same.
Jack Redshaw scored the only goal through a penalty just at half-time. Gillingham were unable to recover from the setback. This result was also good considering that Blackpool were able to get only two points in the last two matches. The win helps them get some breathing space from the relegation threat. However, Fleetwood Town – occupying the last relegation spot – are now five points behind Blackpool and this is a comfortable position with around 12 weeks left in the season. McDonald admitted that his team did not play the best football in the game, but they were able to make some clear-cut opportunities in the first half. Thus, he says that Blackpool fully deserved the three points.
"It wasn't pretty but we played some really good football in the first half and should have taken the lead in the first minute. It's extra special when you played a team in the top two. They are free-scoring but we kept everything quiet and simple today and they didn't really bother us. It was good defending from all of the team. We've kept our run going and our home form is becoming special. It was a good atmosphere as well. The fans can see that we've hopefully turned a corner,” said McDonald.