Striker on goal and victory
For the second successive home game Ricardo Fuller was Blackpool’s match winner, as his powerful strike proved the difference against Huddersfield Town this afternoon.
The Jamaican’s strike after just four minutes guided The Seasiders to a crucial three points, which gave them breathing space at the bottom end of The Championship.
Fuller lashed into the roof of the net after latching onto David Perkins’ pass for the winner, which provided a huge boost to everyone connected with Blackpool.
“In any competition it’s massive to win, it has given the players a lift and we needed that. We haven’t been having a good run of late, so these wins are a big confidence boost and we needed that,” said Fuller.
“I’m pleased for the team especially, because we worked hard today, it was a more solid performance, so it’s good to get three points on the back of that.
“We were attacking, and I thought I’d made the right run, the ball was played and thankfully I had a great touch. I thought I’d just shoot with my left, I’m right footed, but if you don’t shoot you don’t score. I just hit the target and thankfully it went in.”
The Seasiders now have a nine point cushion on the relegation zone, and are beginning to grind out results at Bloomfield Road.
Although Pool had been on a poor run of form, Fuller never lost faith in his team mates and his own ability, and the results have now turned around for Pool.
“Even when we were losing we knew that we weren’t far off it, the Reading and Blackburn games were two low points, but at the end of the day we knew with hard work, and being united as a team, that it could change very quickly.
“I was eased in the right way this time and I’m still standing, so hopefully on Tuesday I’ll be standing again. You have games Saturday Tuesday and I’m not 24 anymore, I’m 34, so I try to use my experience, ability and most of all willpower, and that is getting me through games.
“I’m still passionate about the game, I have fire burning in my belly as a striker to score goals and work hard for the team, and do what I can to get a positive result, whatever situation it might be.
“I don’t talk about safety, I talk about each game. If you don’t think about the next game and look too far away the game might end up coming and passing you by. If you’re 24 and don’t have the passion or desire you might as well retire,” said Fuller.