Fuller hails massive Pool wins

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller with team-mates Jack Robinson, left and David Goodwillie

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller with team-mates Jack Robinson, left and David Goodwillie

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Ricardo Fuller fired Blackpool nine points clear of the relegation zone with a win he described as “massive”.

The striker’s fourth-minute goal sealed the points against Huddersfield on Saturday – Pool’s second successive 1-0 home victory, with Fuller the matchwinner in both.

And with the bottom four managing just one point between them, 18th-placed Pool’s Championship position looks much more comfortable.

“The wins are massive for us,” said Fuller. “They boost confidence and give everyone a lift.

“It’s obviously not been a great run of late and I was really pleased for the team.

“We all worked so hard on Saturday and it was good to be solid.

“We’ve looked much more solid in recent weeks and it’s good to have got points on the back of it.”

The 34-year-old Jamaican returned to the starting line-up after being rested for the defeat at Leicester a week earlier.

And he wasted no time making an impact, connecting with a David Perkins pass to score his sixth of the season

Fuller explained: “The run was on, so I made it and it was a good ball.

“I managed to get a good touch and I just thought I’d shoot with my left foot.

“If you don’t shoot, you don’t score. Thankfully it went in.”

After a run of 18 games without a win, Pool have won two of their last three and know another three points at Bolton tomorrow night will go a long way to securing another season in the second tier.

While the upturn in fortunes has been a long time coming, Fuller was always confident it would happen.

He added: “Even when we were losing we knew we weren’t far off.

“The Reading and Blackburn games were low points but we knew that with hard work we’d get there.

“We’ve been united as a team and we have changed it around.

“The training has been good and we’ve kept each other motivated.”

However, Fuller insists his team-mates must not start to think too far ahead and the frontman has nothing but victory at Bolton on his mind.

He added: “I don’t want to talk about safety – I just want to talk about the next game.

“It’s all about concentrating on the next game. I try to put it across to my team-mates that if you look too far ahead the next game could pass you by.”