NOUHA Dicko is desperate to prove to Blackpool manager Michael Appleton that he’s worthy of a starting place.
The French striker scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Peterborough, despite making only two starts.
Dicko was given a super-sub tag by former boss Ian Holloway but is striving to earn a more prominent role in the new manager’s plans.
The Wigan loan man admitted: “It’s been a frustrating time for me.”
“After my last goal (at Hull in October) I thought the gaffer (Holloway) would have had more confidence in me but it didn’t happen.
“I’ve been desperate to get my chance with the new manager, and I hope it’s enough to show everyone I can keep improving.
“I’m still young and I have scored some goals, which is good.
“If the gaffer thinks I have to wait, then I’ll be patient but I have to start proving I am good enough to start games ... and I’m going to.”
Dicko has featured in four of Appleton’s five games in charge, but always as a substitute.
But the 20-year-old is well aware how important that first win was for the new manager last weekend.
He added: “I scored on Saturday and I was desperate to do so because I haven’t for quite a while, so I’m really happy but the most important thing was that we won.
“It was important we got the confidence back. I think we’ve done that now and we can’t wait for the next game.”