Fuller wants more protection

Ricardo Fuller celebrates last night's goal with Neal Bishop
Ricardo Fuller celebrates last night's goal with Neal Bishop
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Ricardo Fuller has called for more protection from referees after last night’s feisty 1-1 draw at Huddersfield which took Blackpool up to second in the Championship.

The Seasiders had to survive a late onslaught after James Vaughan cancelled out Fuller’s first half-opener and then fired an 84th-minute penalty against the bar.

It was a tough encounter for Blackpool’s lone striker Fuller, who thought he should have been helped by the man with the whistle.

“I don’t think the referee gave me much protection at all,” Fuller said.

“Every time the ball when into the air I had Anthony Gerrard fouling me and holding me down.

“The referee then turned to me and gave me problems, and in the end he booked me.

“But they just kept fouling me every time I went up.

“When you are a striker like me playing against two defenders, I have to be aggressive and in the mix.

“I haven’t had much protection from referees throughout my career. Maybe it’s the way I play but I feel I need more.”

Fuller put Blackpool ahead on 27 minutes with a superb individual finish which saw him take on two players before walking the ball into the net.

And the former Stoke man sounded pleased with his strike. “Broady (Kirk Broadfoot) headed it back in and I got a chance,” he said.

“I just made sure I kept the ball at my feet. When it is, there’s no way someone’s getting it.

“I saw the keeping coming out and I tried to flick it into the near post. He covered it so I faked it, to my left. The defender tried to block it off and dived in, so I cut it across again and walked it in.”

After a good first half display, the Seasiders sat back and welcomed the home side’s pressure.

Vaughan’s equaliser was always coming and Fuller wants his side to keep on going forward.

“I thought we were the better team, especially in the first half,” said the striker.

“They never looked like scoring in the first half, but once again we sat back after the break and invited pressure. “In the end, I think we should have nicked it with the breaks we had but it’s a good point.”

Blackpool had a golden chance to win the game in the dying moments only for Tom Ince to slip when in on goal.

“Tom was so unlucky at the especially since I was in too,” said Fuller. “But unfortunately he lost his footing at the vital moment.”