Terry McPhillips was delighted to see Chris Long mark his arrival at Blackpool with a match-winning goal against Portsmouth.
The manager introduced his latest signing off the bench and watched him score the only goal of the game, as The Seasiders secured a valuable three points away to the league leaders.
“It was a cunning plan because he always scores against Portsmouth,” McPhillips said. “He was never going to start because I think his last start was November, but he was always going to get on, whatever happened.
“It’s fantastic for him and a great start for him. Now, like a few others, he’s got to build on that next week, the week after and the week after that and build some consistency.”
One of the other players the manager was full of praise for was Nick Anderton, who started in the centre of defence following his return from Accrington Stanley.
“I thought Nick Anderton, in his first game back from a loan at Accrington, was fantastic. You can see that the loan has done him the world of good. If he plays like that, he’ll stay in and play every week,” he insisted.
Despite singling out specific players for praise, McPhillips was quick to credit the whole team effort for seeing the result out at Fratton Park.
“When we scored they were obviously going to throw the kitchen sink. We defended that well and I’m really pleased for the players. It was a great effort from the squad. I’m delighted to get the three points,” he added.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed post-match that Steven Davies has now left the club following the expiry of his short-term contract.