CHARLIE Adam said it was a joy to be back after a frustrating two-match suspension ... even if the result at Blackburn was hard to take.
The Seasiders skipper links up with the Scotland squad today for a training camp in Le Manga, Spain, ahead of Sunday’s friendly international against Brazil at Arsenal.
He will head there high on confidence after taking his Premier League tally for the season to 10 with his brace at Ewood Park.
It erased the bad memories of this season’s first meeting with Blackburn in September, when Adam scored an own goal in Pool’s 2-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road.
In the return game, Adam was the best player on show and followed up a goal from the penalty spot with a beautiful free-kick.
The 25-year-old said: “I was delighted to be back and it is nice to get my goal tally to double figures in the Premier League.
“But I’d rather have had the win because they would have been a big three points for us.
“But we are in a position where it is still in our hands. We are not chasing anybody and we know that if we win enough games we will be fine. We just have to enjoy it and the results will come.
“I am just glad I’m back to be a part of it. It was really frustrating to miss the last couple of games.
“The best thing for everybody is for me to be on the pitch, not standing on the side watching.
“Hopefully I can play until the end of the season and help us to stay in the Premier League.”
Like his manager, Adam wasn’t wholly convinced by some of referee Howard Webb’s decisions.
“It was a little surprising when the ref gave us our penalty,” Adam said, and as for Pool’s two disallowed goals he added: “You get some decisions and you miss out on others.
“There was definitely a stonewall foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher before Blackburn equalised, though, and I can’t understand why the ref didn’t see it.
“But I can’t get involved too much because you get yourself in trouble.
“What happened at the end was disappointing but fair play to Blackburn – they dug in, threw the big men up and it was unfortunate for us.
“But we have got a point away from home and we will take that.
“Is it a good point? It will only be a good point at the end of the season if we stay up.”