Date: 4th April 2016 at 9:07pm
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Manager Neil McDonald and on loan Leicester City striker Jacob Blyth have both given their thoughts on victory over Southend United at the weekend.

Hosting Phil Brown’s Play Off hopefuls at Bloomfield Road for the game, goals from Mark Cullen and Blyth himself, gave Blackpool the two nil victory and it was again another vital three points in the battle against relegation to League Two this year – and successive relegations at that.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, McDonald was obviously delighted and quick to pass the praise to the players for what he called a ‘very satisfying’ performance across the 90 minutes.

‘It was a very satisfying afternoon and performance. Our defending and attacking was excellent, it wouldn’t have been unjust if we’d have gone in two or three nil up at half-time. We kept things nice and tight at the back and we still created chances second-half, which we’ve taken.’

With Cullen’s second half deadlock breaking capping a fine individual performance and backing up his winner at Doncaster on Easter Monday, he came in for particular praise from the gaffer.

‘That’s two in two he’s got. which is great, so hopefully he’s on a little bit of a run now. It’s also nice to see Jacob score as well but he contributes more than just scoring, he’s freed up Mark a little bit to express himself and get in behind.’

With Blackpool now sitting on 45 points for the year, with five games remaining, McDonald said the challenge was to continue with this consistency now.

‘We have to go at it as well as we did today until the end of the season. I’m sure we’ll pick up enough points to make sure that we move up that table. It’s a great return we’ve got with 10 from the last four games and we must try and continue this run as much as we can. The team are feeling good about themselves but we’ve still got lots of hard work to do. We’ll certainly be doing that next week leading up to the Colchester game. The boys have got their just rewards today, so well done to every single player.’

As for Blyth, he was also quick to praise his team mates despite the game seeing his first goal for the club since arriving on loan.

‘I thought we were brilliant from the off. We were on the front foot from the very beginning, creating loads of chances. We were the better team today and thoroughly deserved the three points. I was delighted to get my first goal and put them to bed. I saw Mark (Cullen) running down the right, I`ve given a little check and pulled off. The first touch has got it out my feet and I`ve just smashed it in the bottom corner.’

As for his somewhat growing partnership with Cullen, he went on to add.

‘You`ve got the big guy, little guy up front. It works for some teams and I think we`re really starting to click now. He`s running in behind and judging my flicks so I`m really enjoying playing up front with him at the moment. We`re slowly getting to where we want to be. I`ve only been here three games, we`ve conceded one goal and the defensive unit has been brilliant from the front all the way to the back, and we`re going to look to build on that.’

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