NEW goal hero Daniel Bogdanovic has called on the Seasiders supporters to get behind their team even more and make Bloomfield Road “hell” for visiting clubs.
The striker, who netted his first two Pool goals in Saturday’s 5-0 home win over Bristol City, admits he hates being on the bench and hopes to have earned more game-time after four appearances as a late substitute.
The 31-year-old insists he has more to offer. And he says the same applies to the team as a whole and the supporters.
Bogdanovic, a deadline day signing from Sheffield United, said: “We all need to push a bit more because we are almost there, but we’re not quite fully there.
“It is a great atmosphere and the fans are really good. The only message I have for them is that we will give more, but they need to give more as well.
“They need to cheer more. They need to make this place hell for others. And if we work together – fans, players, manager, and the club – we will only head in the right direction. We can’t fail.”
Bogdanovic was relieved to bag his first two Pool goals but says that adapting to the club’s style does take time.
He added: “I needed those goals. I knew they would come if I kept working the way I have been working over the last few weeks.
“I’m still new to this team. Trust me, this is a totally different style of football in this place, so when you change systems you need time.”
Even so, the Malta international is impatient for a starting place. He added: “Sometimes players will be unhappy if they are left out. I am the first one. I hate being on the bench. I hate being outside the squad. It is not me.
“If you don’t feel like that you shouldn’t be playing football. If you don’t feel like that you are not an athlete, you don’t want to improve and you don’t want to play. You are happy just to take your wages and do nothing.
“Football is about proving (things to) people and that’s what I have based my life on. When someone says something, I say ‘OK, I am not going to reply by speaking – I am going to reply by doing what I do best.’ That is doing my job on the pitch. That is what I am paid for, not to talk but to play.”
But however much he dislikes sitting in the dugout, Bogdanovic simply wants to help the club in any way he can.
He added: “I am grateful to the manager and the staff of this club for bringing me here. I will do everything I can to contribute.
“Whether it’s 90 minutes or one minute, ten games or one game, I am here to help the lads and the manager.”
Bogdanovic’s attitude appears very different to that of another higher-profile substitute who has dominated the headlines for the past week.
But the Pool striker has some sympathy with Carlos Tevez, adding: “People criticise Tevez a lot. I understand him. He is the one who got that club to where they got last year. I think they should have shown him a bit more respect.”
As for Pool’s progress since his arrival, Bogdanovic adds: “We have played well in every game since I’ve been here, apart maybe from the Cardiff City game, which was a bit difficult for us but we hadn’t really trained during the week because of the weather. Apart from that it has been brilliant. We haven’t won every game but we’ve always outplayed teams.”
The only cloud on Bogdanovic’s horizon is a hamstring twinge picked up on Saturday: “There is something wrong with it. We will have a scan and see what happens,” he said.