SPARE a thought for Brett Ormerod.
He’s likely to be on the bench again tomorrow, a position he’s been forced to grow accustomed to over the last few months.
It’s not ideal for a man who would love nothing more than to be playing a pivotal role in the Seasiders’ first ever Premier League campaign.
But although he admits he is frustrated at his lack of starts, he has vowed to fight for his place.
There had been speculation Ormerod might seek a loan deal, in a bid to start playing regularly again.
But the frontman, who has bags of top-flight experience with Southampton, and played in the FA Cup final, feels he can do the business.
“I want to get back in the team,” said the striker, whose last league start was at Aston Villa on November 10. “I’ve got on in the last few games, and I am in and around things on the bench.
“I would probably think differently if I wasn’t involved week in, week out, because if I was sat in the stand every week, and not in the 18-man squad, then it would be a different situation.
“But I am quite confident of taking my chance if I am given a start, and showing what I can do. It is frustrating, but it is for any player that isn’t playing regularly.”
Ormerod has already created a slice of history by becoming the only man to play for Blackpool in all four leagues.
The fans are desperate for him to go one better, and score in every division.
The 34-year-old hasn’t managed it yet, and insists it isn’t playing on his mind.
“I know everybody keeps going on about this goal, but it honestly doesn’t keep me awake, because I scored plenty of Premier League goals with Southampton,” he said.
“It would be nice if I did get the goal for Blackpool, obviously, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t come.
“So I’ve got no special celebration planned if I do knock one in, and it is not something I am dwelling on.”
Ormerod’s last start was in the FA Cup defeat at Southampton. Not a great day result-wise – the Seasiders losing 2-0 – but an enjoyable experience for the frontman in every other way.
“I had four great years at Southampton, and I loved it there,” explained Ormerod. “It was lovely to get a standing ovation from the fans when I came off, but the last thing I wanted to do was be substituted.
“Unfortunately, when you are not playing regularly, you cramp up in your calves.
“That is what happened. I tried to carry on, but it just kept going, so I had to come off.”
With three home games coming up in quick succession against Sunderland, Manchester United and West Ham, Ormerod is hoping for an opportunity at some point to show what he can do.
“All I can do is keep fit and see what the gaffer does,” he added. “I want to play and, hopefully, I can get a start. But in the meantime I’ll just have to be patient.”