MATCHWINNER Chris Basham is becoming such a familiar figure in the opposition box his nickname is Torres.
The Seasiders’ last-gasp goal hero against Palace, who had only scored one goal in his entire career before moving to Bloomfield Road, is finally making a name for himself after a frustrating first 18 months at the club.
A broken leg forced him to miss the bulk of the Premier League season but he has now forced his way into Ian Holloway’s plans and is causing quite a stir … especially in front of goal.
The 23-year-old, who also scored last month at Southampton, said: “The manager sticks me on when we are losing sometimes to try to get a goal, and I always seem to get a chance.
“Everyone calls me Torres in training because I always get an opportunity to score.
“On Saturday, Matt Hill came up to me and said, ‘Fernando, get in there!’
“It feels great to score and it was such an important goal because it looked like it wasn’t going to come.
“I’d actually had a decent chance just before, when I missed a volley. I should have done better with that, so I was delighted to get that one at the end.”
This strike wasn’t exactly conventional. “I’m pretty sure it went in off my shoulder,” laughed Basham.
“I saw Kevin Phillips go up for the header, and he is so good in the air I knew he’d get it on target.
“So I tried to read where he was going to put it in, and I guessed right with back stick.
“It hit the bar, bounced down and I dived in. It hit my shoulder and went over their keeper.
“They all count and I’ll happily take it because there is no better feeling than to see the ball hit the back of the net, especially at Bloomfield Road. I am buzzing.”
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