Blackpool started the year on a sour note as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against ten man Burton Albion.
Colin Doyle returned to the side and made several good saves against a Burton team that outclassed McDonald’s men.
Newly turned 18 year old Bright Osayi-Samuel was the first to threaten but home keeper McLaughlin made a fantastic save from the youngster’s volley.
However Doyle was soon called into action as he was forced to save efforts from Tom Naylor and Nasser El Khayati.
Phil Edwards had a great chance to give his side the lead soon after but he snatched at a chance from a corner.
Though Osayi-Samuel continued to be Blackpool’s danger man and if it were for better control he could have given the Seasiders the lead, though again he was denied by McLaughlin.
Albion’s best chance came 5 minutes before the end of the half as Doyle got down to deny Stuart Beavon’s powerful strike.
Pool’s chance of getting a result were massively boosted before half time as Weir received two yellows in two minutes leaving the home side with ten men for the entire second half.
A big blow for Blackpool game soon after the restart as Mark Cullen was forced off through injury.
Colin Doyle was showing just how important he is to this Blackpool team as he continued to deny Burton, twice saving shots from Lucas Akins before preventing Duffy’s effort.
The promotion candidates would eventually break through when Mark Duffy linked up with Beavon before curling an effort past Doyle.
To make matters worse, Hayden White was forced to play in the central of defence for the remainder of the game when Clark Robertson was also forced off through injury.
The closest Pool got to equalising came when David Ferguson volleyed a strike at McLaughlin who again made a good stop to turn it away.
Though Albion continued to press right up until the final whistle and Doyle again stopped Naylor and Akins from scoring before the match ended with Pool losing.
It was a terrible performance from Blackpool who despite playing against ten men for the majority of the game, never did enough to win the game.
The relegation battle is now very much back on, with that loss sending the Seasiders back down to 21st.
There were ugly scenes at the end of the fixture as fans turned against the players and manager.
McDonald and the club must make efforts to improve the squad and results if relegation is to be avoided this season.