Count on Shelvey for goals

Blackpool's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot.
Blackpool's Jonjo Shelvey celebrates after scoring his side's second goal from the penalty spot.
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Jonjo Shelvey left Elland Road clutching the matchball after his first ever hat-trick.

But it is just as well Shelvey’s finishing is better than his counting – in the first half the 19-year-old had no idea Leeds were a man short.

“I didn’t actually realise they were playing with ten men,” the loan star said.

“I didn’t know until I got in at half-time and someone mentioned the sending off. I thought they were playing with 11 ... obviously I’m that thick!”

Shelvey didn’t look too shabby on the pitch, taking his tally to five Pool goals in six games.

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His first last night came from the penalty spot and was a real test of nerve as he was made to take the kick twice.

After Shelvey planted the ball past Paul Rachubka with his first effort, referee Roger East ordered a retake because Leeds defender Tom Lees hadn’t left the field after being sent off.

A bemused Pool boss Ian Holloway said: “If the referee blows the whistle it should stand. I didn’t quite understand it.

“The people on the side were trying to tell the referee not to let him take it because the Leeds bloke was still walking off.

“What a stupid rule. If the ref blows his whistle and you run up and score, then why should we be punished just because their bloke is taking four years to walk off?”

Shelvey didn’t seem quite as concerned but said: “It is hard to take a penalty in the first place but to have to take another is really difficult. I went the same way – bottom left corner – and luckily it was too far in the corner for the keeper.

“I shouldn’t say this, but I didn’t think of going the other way because I prefer to put pens to the left of the keeper. If your spot-kick is good enough, and has enough pace and is in the corner, I don’t think any keeper can save them.”

The hat-trick hero added: “It was a great night, not just for me but for the team. We came with a gameplan and we moved the ball well. We kept it and it opened up for us. We scored goals because of the plan we had. It is always great to score a few and I made sure I didn’t leave the ground without the matchball.”

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