Nathan Delfouneso has promised a reaction from Blackpool’s players at Burnley on Saturday as he looks to make his mark before his loan spell ends next month.
The Seasiders face a Lancashire derby at Turf Moor on the back of three straight defeats.
Pool’s poor form has seen them drop to ninth in the Championship but striker Delfouneso is convinced they will put things right, starting this weekend.
“We are 100 per cent confident we can bounce back against Burnley on Saturday,” he said. “Even though results haven’t been going well, we know we have it in us to do well. We need to look forward now, take the game to Burnley and get the points.”
The Aston Villa loan man was recalled to the starting XI for Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by QPR.
It was his first start since August and Delfouneso admits it has been a difficult season. “It’s been a frustrating time for me with injury and things, but I was back in the team last weekend and hopefully I can get a run now.
“I’ve been desperate for the opportunity to get back into the team.”
Delfouneso’s loan expires in the New Year and it remains unclear whether Pool will try to extend the deal.
The 22-year-old will be out of contract at his Premier League club in the summer and so is keen to play regular first-team football for the rest of the season.
Delfouneso added: “My loan is up soon, so I am keen to make an impact. I want to do everything I can for the team and we’ll see what happens when my loan ends.”
Pool face the Championship’s second-placed club on Saturday and Delfouneso knows Turf Moor well after a loan spell there in 2011.
“I want to do everything I can for the team and we’ll see what happens when my loan ends.”
Pool face the Championship’s second-placed club on Saturday and Delfouneso knows Burnley well after a loan spell in 2011.
And the striker hopes Pool can take the positive first-half display against QPR into the weekend’s game.
“I thought we played really well against QPR,” he said. “We were playing a side who should be promoted this season and we had a really good spell against them.
“They scored with one of their first shots on target.
“The boys did really well and there’s plenty we can take into the next game, though we need to be more ruthless.
“When you dominate games, like we did on Saturday, you have to take your chances.
“It’s something we’ve worked on this week and we’ll be hoping to put it right on Saturday.
“There’s no concern over our recent run of defeats.
“There are plenty of positives to come out of Saturday’s defeat.”