Blackpool’s head boy happy to get off the mark

Kelvin Mellor hopes to chip in with more goals after scoring his first for the Seasiders in midweek
Kelvin Mellor hopes to chip in with more goals after scoring his first for the Seasiders in midweek
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Defender Kelvin Mellor spoke of his delight after notching his first league goal for Blackpool in his side’s 3-1 win against Portsmouth.

The right-back, who has been an ever present in the league so far this season, found the back of the net with a header from a Jack Payne free-kick.

It came at a crucial time for Gary Bowyer’s men, with the goal handing them the lead after enduring a tough opening 20 minutes.

Mellor said he was delighted to get on the scoresheet, something his manager has called on him to do more regularly.

He said: “I heard the keeper shout and I thought I was going to get clobbered, but fortunately he was nowhere near it and it just skimmed straight off my head and fell straight in the bottom corner.

“The gaffer wants me in the box and I’m happy to do that, and hopefully I can pluck in with a few goals.”

Pool’s win on Tuesday night came after a hard-earned draw at Crewe on the weekend.

And Mellor said the players had clearly upped their game for the visit of Paul Cook’s men.

“We learned from our mistake on Saturday against Crewe and it was obviously a quick turnaround with Tuesday’s game,” Mellor added.

“We went through the video and analysed everything we possibly could, and we performed against Portsmouth.

“Our performances have been good this season, we knew what Portsmouth would be about and they’re going to be up there at the end of the season.

“But in this league any team can beat any team, we just need to keep performing and hopefully the results take care of themselves.”

Attention now turns to the long trip to Crawley Town, where the players will look to shake off the long journey and look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.

“It’ll be a gruelling journey but teams have got to do it against us,” the defender said.

“We’ve done it now for the past couple of weeks and we’re fine with the journeys. We’ve got to get back-to-back results and push on and win games.”