Robert Earnshaw feels last night’s substitute appearance at Bolton Wanderers will only help him in the grand scheme of things.
The debutant got 20 minutes as a second-half substitute for Blackpool, but it was The Seasiders who were on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline.
However it was the striker’s first taste of competitive football since the autumn, so he feels better for getting some minutes as a Seasider.
“It was weird a little bit, but it was good to be back out there and it was a good stadium to have my first game. I’m getting there slowly,” said Earnshaw.
“There have been a lot of nice places I’ve been going to over the last year, but I don’t care. For me football is just about being out on the pitch, between the white lines, kicking the ball around and trying to do your very best.
“I’m here to play games and give my best for Blackpool. I enjoyed tonight, obviously with my fitness I’m still a couple of games away, but I enjoyed myself.”
And with the clock ticking away Earnshaw was given the kind of chance he has made a career out of taking.
However the striker’s low effort fell straight into the hands of Adam Bogdan, as Earnshaw was denied the dream debut.
“I just couldn’t get the connection right, the ball just slipped off my boot. It was a nice angle, I probably should have done better, but hopefully that will come.
“If I was 100 percent it’s one of those chances I probably would have taken. If I get more chances like that every game everything will be alright.”
Meanwhile the Welshman claimed that despite the result, he has been impressed with what he has seen of the Blackpool squad.
“Confidence is growing, when you go on a run of not picking up points then it is going to affect you, no matter who you are.
“The guys give so much to the game, I think the fans can see that, and that is what’s going to get us more points.
“They tried to play, gave everything and fought for the ball, we have a good team with a good heart. And that is going to see us through for the rest of the season,” said Earnshaw.