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Barkhuizen Relishing QPR Test

28 March 2014

Striker Talks QPR And Injury

The returning Tom Barkhuizen sees no reason why Blackpool can’t return home from QPR with a positive result on Saturday.

The striker appeared for the first time in over two months for Pool on Tuesday, having injured his shoulder in January.

Barkhuizen, 20, looks set to be involved again at Loftus Road, where he is hopeful of an improved score line.

“Being the underdogs can be good, because there will be a lot of pressure on them. We can go there and attack, they have conceded quite a few goals recently, so hopefully we can go there and take home the points,” said Barkhuizen.

The striker got 11 minutes as a substitute at the Reebok Stadium, where The Seasiders were narrowly beaten, but he felt no side-effects from his injury.

“I wasn’t supposed to be in the squad and after training Fergie told me to get the times because I was on the bench. When he told me I was going on it was a bit of a shock.

“I’m delighted to be back, hopefully now I can train well, and do whatever I have to do to get in the squad, and help us for the rest of the season. 

“I took a throw in the other day and I haven’t thrown a ball since I did it, so that was a bit sore, but it does feel stronger.”

The youngster, who progressed through the Pool youth system, has played ten times this season, scoring twice, and he is now looking to have a strong end to the season.

“I want to kick-on; I didn’t play much after I scored against Reading, having a few weeks out. I didn’t kick-on as much as I would have wanted to; you’ve just got to take your chance. 

“Every time I’ve been thrown in I think I’ve done alright, so I want to keep impressing the new manager. I need to train well, that is all it’s about now, if you train well you’ll get picked,” said Barkhuizen.

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