Banvo to solve Pool striker shortage

Paul Ince

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ANDERSON Banvo could be set to solve Blackpool’s striker crisis.

The Seasiders travel to Nottingham Forest today short of options in attack.

Loan signing Matt Derbyshire can’t play against his parent club, Marko Futacs has returned to Leicester City and Gary Taylor-Fletcher once again misses out due to injury.

It means Blackpool boss Paul Ince will turn to the 19-year-old, who joined the club last summer from French giants Paris St-Germain.

Banvo has spent the season with the club’s development squad, but has caught the eye of manager Ince in recent weeks.

He scored and impressed during the 4-1 win against Fleetwood last week and travelled to Nottingham with the squad yesterday.

Ince said: “I think Banvo could be very good with a bit of coaching.

“We have some good kids here. The future of the club and what’s coming through is very important to us.

“I don’t want to have to keep going to the chairman asking for players, if maybe we have something good coming through the ranks.”

Blackpool face Forest aiming for a win which would take them to 53 points – and all but safe in the Championship.

Forest are unbeaten in nine since Billy Davies took over from Sean O’Driscoll.

And Ince knows it will be a tough game. He said: “I went to Forest’s game against Brighton on Saturday and for the first 20 minutes they were outstanding.

“They came out the traps really quickly. We will have to withstand that pressure.

“They are a good side, when you look at the players and the budget they have.

“Someone was always going to go in there and turn things around, and Billy seems to fit right at Forest.

“But we do well against the better sides, so will be going there full of confidence.”

Pool earned four points from two tough Easter games but little is expected of them today. With their hosts sitting fifth in the table, most pundits are tipping a home win but Ince expects his side to pick up at least a point.

He said: “It’s similar to when we went to Watford but we are going into the Forest game with loads of confidence.

“No-one expects us to win today but if we can get something, which I expect, it will be great.”