Daniel Ballard hopes his first goal in tangerine colours is a sign of things to come, as he aims to build on the header he scored against Crewe.
The on-loan Arsenal defender rose high from a corner to give the Seasiders the lead in the 1-1 draw and is aware that contributions are required at both ends of the pitch.
“I’ve been waiting for my first goal and I probably could have done a lot better in the box up to now. Hopefully now I’ve got one, I can push on and get a few more,” the 21-year-old said.
While the result against the Railwaymen preserved the Seasiders’ unbeaten run, Ballard revealed a disappointment in the dressing room after the match.
“It was a bit of a frustrating one, especially on the back of a few good results. We wanted to really build upon those, but we won’t dwell on it, we’ve got lots of games coming up now so it’s a good opportunity to start climbing the table.”
Back in the side for the last three matches, the centre-back has now recovered from his recent injury problems and is looking to maintain a regular spot at the heart of defence.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for me. Hopefully now I can stay fit, injury-free and put in some good performances to help the team,” he said.
“We’ve got a busy schedule coming up so we’re going to need all the squad. We need to do all we can off the pitch to stay fit and get the right results.”