Keogh keen for Blackpool goal rush

Andy Keogh celebrates his goal
Andy Keogh celebrates his goal
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Andy Keogh lifted the roof off Bloomfield Road with his late equaliser against Nottingham Forest and is confident it will be the first goal of many.

The loan striker’s 86th-minute header on his full debut earned Blackpool a point in a game they deserved to win.

It was the Irishman’s first goal since August and Keogh said: “Hopefully that is the first of many goals for me. I want to kick on and help the team now.

“I watched the cross (by Jack Robinson) all the way and luckily enough I was able to guide it home. It was such a relief. It was nice to get a goal on my first start.

“I’m really happy because it was a great performance from everyone, even though I think we deserved all three points.”

Pool looked to be heading for yet another defeat after Jamaal Lascelles gave Forest the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Despite dominating large parts of the second half, nothing was falling for the Seasiders until Keogh struck.

He added: “We never gave up, which was the important thing. We were getting disheartened, especially with their time-wasting, but we showed good spirit in the end.”

The 27-year-old, on loan from Millwall until the end of the season, is one of seven new arrivals at Bloomfield Road since Barry Ferguson became stand-in manager and Keogh thinks they are starting to gel.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “We have a lot of new players but we showed we can play some good football, so the more we play together the better we’ll become.

“Personally, I’m still getting my sharpness and fitness, but I felt good out there.

“Confidence has been a bit low and that has shown at times, but we’ve proved against one of the best teams in the league that we can play.

“We’ve shown what a good side we are. We now need to be consistent and keep it going.”