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Cullen: A Pleasing Start

9 August 2015

Striker On Two-Goal Debut

As a striker on debut, Mark Cullen says he was pleased with Saturday’s work, which saw him fire a brace to earn Blackpool a point at Colchester United.

The former Luton Town man put The Seasiders in front twice in the first half, but they were pegged back by their hosts, which can be Cullen’s only disappointment.

Nevertheless it was a positive display, and his two goals, the first a tap-in and the second a smart finish, were the ideal start to life in tangerine.

“The fact we got a point on the board and I managed to nip a couple of goals is really pleasing,” said Cullen. 

“The second was a decent finish to be fair. I think the keeper thought I’d go the other side so I caught him off guard a bit. 

“Obviously we had the lead twice in the game and we had chances to score more, so it’s disappointing not to win but it’s a positive result and we go again.”

On the back of a positive pre-season and into the Essex sun, the visitors had to ride the storm at times in the second half and Cullen paid tribute to his teammates for their efforts.

“The lads put in a good shift. We were under the cosh a bit in the second half and the fact we’ve dug in and got a point is pleasing. 

“It’s always difficult going into the first game after what’s been a hard pre-season.”

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old says the partnership he is starting to form with fellow striker Jack Redshaw is growing each game.

“We link up quite well, we’re similar players in a way, we both like to interlink and it can only get stronger the more we play with each other. 

“The more we play with each other, the more we’re on the same page and we can only get better,” he added.

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