TANGERINE legend Brett Ormerod returned from four months in the cold to help the Seasiders get back to winning ways – then admitted he feared his Blackpool days were numbered.
The frontman came off the bench in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Bristol City, his first appearance since the derby defeat at Burnley in October.
He was loaned to Rochdale after dropping down the pecking order, and it seemed his time at Bloomfield Road could be nearing its end.
But Ormerod made a dream return at Ashton Gate, coming on with the scores level and rolling back the years to help inspire Pool to victory. The three points lifted Pool to fourth in the Championship and reignited their play-off charge after the 4-1 home thumping by West Ham.
It was a big day for 35-year-old Ormerod, who said: “It was a terrific win for the club, and for me it was just great to be involved full stop – never mind having a hand in the two goals which helped us win.
“I love playing for this club. The way we play is superb.
“It has been a while since I last played, and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t pass through my head that I might have kicked my last ball for Blackpool.
“It has been frustrating not to be involved, but I couldn’t exactly go knocking on the gaffer’s door complaining because the lads have been in unbelievable form, winning nearly every week.
“I have just had to be patient and hope for another chance.
“I had a change of scenery at Rochdale and enjoyed it, but I love Blackpool FC and I’ve been working hard since I got back.
“We have a few injuries, so I got my chance on Saturday and I am delighted. I will get my head down now, keep grafting and hopefully get another opportunity.”
Ormerod didn’t get on the scoresheet but he superb after being brought on just after the hour-mark. Pool had just levelled the scores thanks to a deflected Tom Ince free-kick.
Ince headed his second from a peach of a cross by Ormerod, who then had a big hand in Kevin Phillips’ 13th goal of the season. It sealed the points and left the manager delighted with the comeback kid. Ian Holloway said: “Brett was absolutely brilliant and I can’t thank him enough for being the bloke he is.
“He hasn’t played the games he wants, but every single day he keeps giving me everything he’s got on the training ground and he loves this place. He will be used as long as I see fit because, let’s be fair, he is brilliant.”