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Delfouneso: I'm Desperate To Play

27 November 2013

The 22-year-old is eager to land a first-team place again at Blackpool

Under the watchful eye of manager Paul Ince, Nathan Delfouneso put in an impressive performance against a strong Blackburn side in a behind-closed-doors friendly yesterday afternoon - grabbing two goals and an assist - and he hopes this will be the catalyst for his return to first-team action.

The Aston Villa loanee last tasted Championship action two months ago at Huddersfield Town, with the forward struggling with injury ever since.

But the 22-year-old striker was back to his best as he put in a man-of-the-match display against Pool's Lancashire rivals - despite being deployed in centre-midfield as opposed to upfront - as they found themselves on the wrong side of a nine-goal thriller at Brockhall training ground.

Speaking after the game he expressed his delight at returning to the fold following a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

"It's been a frustrating period for me as I've been injured for six or seven weeks now," said Delfouneso.

"I was just desperate to get back on the pitch today. Obviously playing in centre-midfield there's a lot more running to do, so fitness wise it was great for me.

"It was a bonus to bag a couple of goals and an assist too, so I'm really happy with how the game went.

"More than anything I'm glad to have got minutes today. I needed that considering I've just come back from injury. I'm just so eager to get that opportunity to play in the first-team sooner rather than later."

In Delfouneso's absence Blackpool have continued their fine start to the season, and remain firmly poised in the play-off positions going into December.

And with a plethora of strikers at the club, including the likes of Michael Chopra, Steven Davies and Nathan Eccleston - who all played against Rovers yesterday too - Delfouneso says he doesn't care where he plays, as long as he is in the starting 11. 

"The lads have done great this season, and a large part of that is down to our work rate.

 "We work from the first minute until the last. All the boys deserve huge credit, as no-one gave us a chance at the start of the season.

"Today has benefited me massively without a doubt. I'm happy to play centre-midfield, left-midfield, right-midfield, in-the-hole - as long as I'm on the pitch.

"I believe I can make an impact in any of those positions. I'm just desperate to get back out there playing regularly again."

One thing the former England U-21 international isn't lacking is confidence, as he maintains he can make an impact for The Seasiders this season.

"Confidence is never an issue with me, I know the ability I have. I believe that if I am picked I can go and do a job and score goals for this football club. 

"It was a good workout against some experienced professionals today - some of these guys have played in the Premier League. 

"And I've got that experience as well, so hopefully I can use all that experience to go and get myself back into the first-team and fire on all cylinders," he added.

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