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Nathan Delfouneso
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NATHAN Delfouneso thinks Monday’s win against Crystal Palace was massive for the Seasiders, but he insists the job to avoid the drop isn’t yet done.

The striker returned to Blackpool’s starting line-up as a Matt Phillips strike earned a vital three points.

It leaves Pool 15th in the Championship table but still only three points above the relegation zone.

And the Aston Villa loan man hopes the Seasiders can build on the result when they visit Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Delfouneso said: “It was a massive win considering how results have gone at the bottom of the table.

“It was also a very impressive win when you consider we were down to 10 men for more than half the game.

“I think it was a great performance and one we should be very proud of.

“But the job isn’t done yet. You saw on Monday that teams below us won, so not much changed in terms of Pool breaking away from the bottom three.

“We have to work hard. We are going to need all the points we can get. We just need to concentrate on ourselves and get the job done.”

The 22-year-old has been in and out of Pool’s side in recent weeks and has now gone nine games without a goal.

But Monday’s display will give him real hope he can end the season strongly, and add to his seven strikes so far.

“I’m happy with how I played, although I am disappointed I didn’t manage to get a goal,” he said.

“The keeper made a good save against me in the first half but I should have scored really.

“If I can get a run of games now, I can hopefully get some goals and finish the season well.

“Monday felt more like me. I want to be starting games, being the best I can be and always improving.

“The gaffer gave me the opportunity on Monday and I’d like to think I took it.

“I came here to play and obviously it’s hard when you aren’t playing.

“But you just have to keep working hard and try to impress when you do get on to the field.”

Monday’s game saw the return of Ian Holloway to Bloomfield Road.

That, added to the importance of the game at both ends of the table, resulted in a tense afternoon at Bloomfield Road.

And Delfouneso is delighted to have come out on top.

He said: “It was a big game for everyone and the passion of the fans was so important.

“Their passion gives us that extra boost, so we are so thankful.

“It was a vital win.

“After the weekend’s results Monday’s game was one we had to win.

“We knew we were one bad day away from being right in the relegation zone.

“We are delighted to have got the three points.

“The whole team were brilliant on Monday, there’s no one player who you can say didn’t give everything.

“Everyone covered every blade of grass out there, it was a very impressive performance.

“We should all be proud of ourselves.”