Goodwillie backs quality to shine through

David Goodwillie

David Goodwillie

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David Goodwillie says there’s far too much quality in Blackpool’s squad for them to be dragged into a relegation battle.

The Seasiders haven’t won in 14 games since the 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the end of November, but new boy Goodwillie insists he’s already seen enough to convince him they will be fine.

The striker said: “There’s no chance we’ll get dragged into a relegation battle. We have too many good players here. Hopefully we’ll get the results soon.

“On Saturday against Nottingham Forest, we were a bit unlucky to go behind just before the break but we showed great fighting spirit to get back into the game. That’s the sort of spirit we have here.

“Nothing seemed to go our way in that game, but when you’re down there that’s how things go.

“Bounces and decisions go against you, but it’s about how you come out the other end. We have a great bunch of boys here who will do that.”

The 24-year-old has made two substitute appearances since joining Pool from Blackburn until the end of the season, and Goodwillie hopes to make his first start at Ipswich on Saturday.

He said: “It felt good to get a longer run out on Saturday. I’ve been eager to get myself on the field and Fergie (stand-in boss Barry Ferguson) knows that.

“It’s up to the manager when I get my first start. He picks the team based around the way we train. Hopefully he can see how hard I’m training and will put me in against Ipswich.

“I feel as fit and as sharp now as I’ve ever been. I just have to bide my time and wait for my chance.”

Big things were expected of the Stirling-born striker when he made a £2.8m switch to Blackburn from Dundee United in 2011, but on and off-field issues saw his career stutter a little. He spent the first half of this season back at Dundee United before Ferguson swooped.

And he already has good feelings about the move. “It’s a breath of fresh air to come here,” Goodwillie said.

“It’s a great chance to show what I can do at a new club. The lads here are great and that’s helped me settle in here so quickly. I feel like it’s a fresh start here at Blackpool. It’s about getting my career back on the go now.”

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