A job Vell done for Blackpool’s new boy

Blackpool's Apostolos Vellios
Blackpool's Apostolos Vellios
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Apostolos Vellios helped Blackpool earn a point at QPR on Saturday before promising the best is yet to come.

The Greek striker played 67 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road, 48 hours after his loan move from Everton.

It was a promising display from the 22-year-old, who battled well alongside goalscorer David Goodwillie up front.

Vellios said: “I am really proud of my team-mates. We were very close to taking the points from a quality team.

“I have more to give, I know that myself.

“I promise to myself, the fans and my team-mates that I have much more to give here at Blackpool.

“I’m really happy. It’s a long time since I’d played a game and I felt good.”

Vellios joined Everton from his homeland just over three years ago but hasn’t played in the Premier League since January last year.

Pool boss Barry Ferguson threw the 6’4” striker straight into the starting 11 after losing Ricardo Fuller to injury.

And although he was understandably lacking match fitness, the Greek’s presence and size caused QPR problems before he tired and was replaced by Tom Barkhuizen.

Vellios explained: “I enjoyed my debut, but QPR are a quality team with quality players and they kept the ball well.

“But we also have great players, and I’m sure we’ll get better and take the points which are need.

“It was a tough game for all of our players, not just me, but we came so close to taking the three points.

“I’ve been doing extra training sessions but nothing is like playing an actual game.

“Saturday wasn’t me at my best. I want to give more for the team. We have a good team here with fantastic passion.

“It has been difficult for me not playing for so long but I am a hard-working player, so I will do what I can to improve.

“I’m looking forward to the next game now.

“I’m really impressed with what is here at Blackpool, even though I’ve only trained once.

“We have some players who have really big hearts and good technique.

“I want to let my football do the talking and hopefully the fans will see what sort of player I am next week.”

Vellios was given a very warm welcome by Blackpool’s travelling support – one fan even brought a Greek flag, which didn’t go unnoticed on the field.

Vellios added: “I saw the flag in the crowd and it made me really happy. I’d like to thank those people. It was great.”