Jack Redshaw rescued a point for Blackpool with his 82nd minute penalty as he helped his side draw 1-1 at home with Millwall.
Millwall went ahead through Mark Beevers in the 35th minute after a lack of concentration from the Seasiders meant Beevers could volley home from close range.
However Pool kept fighting and Redshaw was able to salvage a point from the game.
Millwall were much the better team in the first half and Blackpool weren’t really in the game.
The Lions went out to attack straight from the first whistle and had a good chance early on when Shane Ferguson’s cross landed on the head of Steve Morison but he could only put his effort over the bar.
Morison had another good chance a few minutes later after some good work from Aiden O’Brien, but again he couldn’t get his effort on target.
The Tangerines finally got into the game just after the 20 minute mark when Mark Cullen’s flick on found Jim McAlister who burst into the box and powered a left footed effort over the bar.
McDonald’s men came a lot closer a few minutes later when Cullen’s low effort from outside the area deflected up off of the Millwall defender, only for Lions keeper Jordan Archer to brilliantly tip the ball onto his own crossbar before reclaiming the ball.
Pool looked to be getting into the game but they went behind on 35 minutes when Morison’s header from a corner bounced back off the crossbar and Mark Beevers was there to volley the ball home.
The away side could have added to their lead just a minute later when Colin Doyle was judged to have handled a backpass, luckily the Pool defence rushed out to deny Shaun Williams from the following free kick.
The Seasiders went in at the break 1-0 down and McDonald introduced Bright Osayi-Samuel for the second half in an effort to change the scoreline.
Pool had the first big chance of the half when Tom Aldred’s effort from close range was blocked well by the Millwall defence and Brad Potts’ follow up effort flew just over the crossbar.
However Neil Harris’ side could have sealed the win just after the hour mark when Morison found O’Brien in the box who took the ball past Jim McAlister but could only curl his attempt into the side netting.
The Tangerines kept pushing for an equaliser and found one in the 82nd minute when Potts’ low pass found Jack Redshaw in the box who was brought down by Carlos Edwards, the referee pointed to the spot and gave Edwards a straight red.
Redshaw made no mistake from the spot as his penalty went in off the underside of the crossbar to make it 5 games unbeaten for Blackpool.
This certainly wasn’t Pool’s best game and for large parts Millwall were the better side, however Pool did manage to get a result even when they didn’t play especially well.
McDonald’s side climb up to 21st with that point and take on bottom side Crewe at home on Saturday which is a great chance to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.