Chopra chases Pool chance

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Michael Chopra has pleaded for a chance to show he still has what it takes at Blackpool.

The striker has only started one Championship game for the Seasiders since his summer move from Ipswich and is yet to find the net.

Chopra has had to make do with cameos off the bench so far this season, with his last appearance against Bolton at the start of the month.

But although the 29-year-old hasn’t had the best of starts to life at Bloomfield Road, he is convinced his fortunes will turn around.

“I need to play, that’s the main thing for me,” he said. “Once I get games I think I’ll be there or thereabouts.

“If I get the chance I’ll show people I can score goals, which I’ve done my whole career.

“I have a lot of belief in my own ability and I know that if I’m on the pitch I’ll show people what I’m all about.

“I’ve got to be patient. I can’t really rock the boat when the team is doing well. I’ve just got to wait for my chance and when that comes I’ll take it.”

Blackpool have lost only one of their 13 League games this season. They are unbeaten at Bloomfield Road and stand fourth in the Championship.

And despite his personal disappointment, Chopra is delighted with the form of his team-mates.

He said: “The lads have enjoyed a great start, particularly if you look at the teams we’ve beaten at home, and hopefully we can continue that.”

On Saturday, Pool travel to face a Nottingham Forest side who are just a point behind them. Billy Davies’ men suffered a shock 3-1 defeat at Yeovil last time out and Chopra expects a very testing afternoon.

“We face a really tough side who have been flying,” he said. “Their result last weekend was a blip as they have a lot of good players, but hopefully we can get the right result.”