Cullen keeps his eye on the football

Mark Cullen firing his second goal on Saturday
Mark Cullen firing his second goal on Saturday
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Mark Cullen says ignoring Blackpool’s off-the-field problems has helped him start life at Bloomfield Road with a bang.

After firing three goals in pre-season the striker hit a double in the season opener against Colchester on Saturday.

While things are positive in the dressing room, a number of problems have once again left a cloud over the Seasiders.

And while the 23-year-old summer signing from Luton says he was more than aware of the problems when he signed, he’s determined to not let them effect his game.

“We are paid to play football and we can’t really effect what goes out outside and around the club,” he told The Gazette.

“We just have to get on with things and make sure it doesn’t show on the field.

“We are just trying to do our job as normal.

“It happened last season so we are aware of it all, it doesn’t bother me one bit.

“I came into pre-season wanting a couple of goals which I managed to do and to get two in the opening game was great.

“Personally it’s good to build a bit of momentum and hopefully that can carry on.”

Cullen will once again lead the line for Blackpool as they travel to Northampton tonight in the Captial One cup, determined to add to his goal tally.

In the past Pool have treated the cup as an unwanted distraction, but Cullen said that won’t be the case tonight.

He said: “It’s another long trip but it’s just another game for us.

“We won’t treat it as a cup game, the preparation will be exactly the same as it is for any other.

“We are expecting a tough game, Northampton have a decent side, very physical and we have to be ready. I’ve only ever played there once before, so I’m looking forward to it.

“Momentum is vital so we need to get some now and push on.”

Blackpool led twice in their opening game of the season at Colchester on Saturday but had to make do with a point after a tough second half.

But as far as Cullen is concerned it was a point gained rather than two dropped.

“It is always difficult in the first game of the season so I was pleased with how it went,” he said.

“We earned a good point and I managed to get myself a couple of goals so it was pleasing.

“It was a decent finish to be fair, I thought I caught the keeper out.

“We were disappointed not to win on Saturday as we were ahead twice, but I saw it as a positive point.”