Beattie: I’ll fire Pool to safety

James Beattie shoots during the Barclays Premier League Everton v Blackpool match at Goodison Park
James Beattie shoots during the Barclays Premier League Everton v Blackpool match at Goodison Park
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JAMES Beattie is determined to fire the goals which will help Pool stay in the Premier League.

JAMES Beattie is determined to fire the goals which will help Pool stay in the Premier League.

The frontman made his full debut at Everton on Saturday, and although he didn’t get on the scoresheet he did set up Jason Puncheon’s goal and impressed manager Ian Holloway.

Beattie’s celebration if and when he does find the net should be worth watching, for the 32-year-old hasn’t hit the target since firing a brace for Stoke in October 2009.

Since then there has been a unsuccessful spell in Glasgow with Rangers – but he believes his loan move to the seaside will give him a new lease of life.

“I’m delighted to be at Blackpool and to be back in the Premier League,” Beattie said.

“I haven’t really played as much football lately as I’d have liked but I’ve kept myself in good shape.

“I just want to go out and show the lads what I’m capable of and chip in with some goals that will keep us in this division.”

Holloway believes he has signed a proven goalscorer in Beattie and thinks the striker – plus fellow new boys Andy Reid, Puncheon and Belarus striker Sergei Kornilenko, who starts training with the squad this week – will have a lot more to offer the sharper they get.

“I thought Beattie was excellent at Everton,” said the boss. “He has consistently scored goals throughout his career and he has bags of know-how about playing at the top level.”

FOR MORE ON THIS STORY SEE TUESDAY’S GAZETTE.