NATHAN Delfouneso says he was well aware how much Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace meant to Blackpool supporters.
The striker turned in a brilliant display and opened the scoring with a back-post header. And although it was just another game for the Aston Villa loan man, he knows it wasn’t for the club.
Delfouneso said: “You could see how much the game meant to the fans from their reaction at the end.
“But they are like that in every game – they are really passionate fans here. I was delighted to come away with a point for them.
“For me personally, it was just about getting the result. The fact Ian Holloway used to be in charge didn’t make much difference to me, but I’m glad the fans went home happy. You could see they did not want to lose that game.”
Holloway’s new club hit back to take the lead only for a late goal by Nouha Dicko to rescue a point for the Seasiders.
Delfouneso added: “It was a good game to play in. Palace are flying high, while we are playing well and are full of confidence. I thought we were brilliant, especially in the first half,.
“We were really disappointed to concede the goals but we definitely deserved the point.”
The 21-year-old met a Tom Ince cross on 39 minutes to score his fourth goal of the season. And he revealed the part assistant manager Steve Thompson played in the goal.
The striker said: “There was a break in play and Thommo told me to gamble at the far post, so I just went for it.
“The ball bounced and I was just in the right place at the right time.
“I felt I was getting joy in the first half, so I stayed wide and thought I did well out there.
“I probably tired near the end but I was pleased with my performance.”
- TICKETS for Blackpool’s FA Cup third round tie at Fulham are now on sale.
The Seasiders have been allocated 1,500 tickets for the January 5 tie.
They are now on general sale priced £15 (£10 concessions, £5 juniors).