NATHAN Delfouneso is delighted with two goals on his full debut ... and has received an apology after being denied a hat-trick.
The striker, on loan from Aston Villa, fired a brace as the Seasiders stormed to a 4-1 win against Middlesbrough at Bloomfield Road last night to remain second in the Championship.
After having a third ruled-out for offside, Delfouneso thought he’d get the chance for his first professional treble Pool were awarded a penalty with five minutes remaining.
But despite pleading with Elliot Grandin to take it, the French substitute brushed him off and scored from the spot ... but was quick to apologise afterwards.
Delfouneso said: “I wanted the penalty but Elliot took the ball and I have to respect that.
“As much as I wanted the hat-trick, it’s a team game and I’m delighted he stuck it away. It’s not about me, it’s about the team.
“Elliot apologised after the game, but at the end of the day he scored, we got the points, and that’s all that matters.”
Delfouneso agreed a season-long loan on deadline day but had been restricted to two substitute appearances until last night.
Manager Ian Holloway handed him his first start and he was delighted to me such a big impact. I can’t ask for any more really,” said Delfouneso. “I’ve scored two goals, contributed to a win and got a couple of assists.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t get the third in the first half but I’m still very happy.
“It’s a massive squad and everyone has to be on their toes all the time.
“Thankfully, the gaffer picked me last night and hopefully I repaid him.
“There are a lot of forwards here, and I have to train hard every day and put in the performances to make sure I stay in the team.”
And 21-year-old Delfouneso thinks Bloomfield Road is the perfect club for him to continue his development.
“The style here will really suit me. This team creates plenty of chances, and as a striker that’s all I can ask for really,” he added. “I’m delighted to be here and getting the chance to play first-team football. All I can be is grateful to the manager and the club.”
Delfouneso could have had a first-half hat-trick but fired over a brilliant chance just before the break.
But the England U21 star won’t be too disappointed. He added: “For the first goal I surprised myself with the first touch. The keeper got a touch but happily it snuck in. The other is a finish I like doing – I like taking shots first time. Incey played it into my path and I was able to put it away.
“It all fell into place for me last night. We’ve all be working very hard in training and hopefully we can keep it going.”