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Halliday: Fans Backed Us

Posted: Sun 26 Jan 2014
Author: Sean Gallagher

Boro loanee takes positives from the draw against Doncaster

New boy Andy Halliday hailed the support of the Tangerine army after a late goal denied The Seasiders grabbing their first win in 11 games.

The 22-year-old - who joined on loan from Middlesbrough on Friday - got his Blackpool career off to the perfect start after scoring what looked like was going to be the winner until a late sucker-punch from Billy Sharp condemned Pool to just a point.

However, despite the initial disappointment with the result, the Glasgow-born midfielder drew the positives from what was a much-improved display. 

"I'm feeling a lot of mixed emotions right now. It was obviously a massive high for me when I scored the goal, but at the same time I'm devastated for the fans and for Fergie and the boys," admitted Halliday.

"You can see the commitment we put in today was unbelievable. The desire the boys showed to play for the gaffer and play for the club was second to none.

"It was testament to the fans as we received a standing applause at the end of the game despite the disappointment we were all feeling. When a lot of clubs are having a tough time and then go and concede a late goal to drop two points you will hear a lot of boos, but not today. 

"They obviously appreciated the commitment and desire we showed throughout the whole 90 minutes, and saw the gaffer's desire on the side of the pitch too. So it's just a shame we couldn't get the three points we deserved in the end."

On a personal level Halliday expressed his joy at being back out on the pitch again after finding playing time hard to come by at parent club Middlesbrough this season.

"All I want to be doing is playing regularly and the reason for me coming to this club is to do just that. So hopefully I can build on this and stamp a claim to be a first-team regular between now and the end of the season.

"I've set the benchmark for myself now and if I can add another five or six goals come the end of the season I'll be absolutely delighted," added Halliday.