Matt desperate for first Pool goal

Matt Derbyshire for Blackpool
Matt Derbyshire for Blackpool
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MATT Derbyshire is desperate to grab his first Blackpool goal, but he won’t celebrate if it arrives this afternoon.

Pool face Blackburn today at Ewood Park, where the striker began his career ten years ago.

The game is a relegation six-pointer, with both sides struggling at the bottom of the Championship table.

While the 26-year-old would love to grab a goal, and the win, he would find it hard to celebrate.

“I wouldn’t celebrate if I scored on Friday,” he revealed.

“Blackburn has been a good club for me, I started my career there, so I wouldn’t celebrate.

“But I’d love to score against them.

“It would be brilliant to get my first goal for Blackpool at Ewood Park, but I’d rather have three points.

“It doesn’t matter who scores for us.

“Everyone knows I played for Blackburn and am a Blackburn supporter.

“I’m going to need quite a few tickets, the family have been asking for a lot of tickets.

“It will be great to go back to where I started my career.

“It’s massive game for both clubs, but all I want is three points for Blackpool.”

Blackpool have had a 13-day wait since their shock 1-0 home defeat against Peterborough at Bloomfield Road.

They currently sit 17th in the Championship, just four points above the drop-zone.

And Derbyshire is hoping a win today will kick-start their climb to safety.

He said: “The lads have been talking about it, and it’s time we cracked on now and picked up points.

“It’s very strange why we are down there.

“Obviously the pitch doesn’t help, we don’t like making excuses but that’s a reality.

“We have some fantastic players here, we just hope we can finish the season on a high.”

Today’s game was excepted to see Pool facing former boss Michael Appleton, who walked out on the club last year after only 65 days in charge.

But following Rovers’ 1-1 draw at home to Burnley, Appleton was sacked, and replaced on a short-term basis by youth team coach Gary Bowyer.

Blackburn’s fans continue to protest against the club’s owners, Venky’s, and Derbyshire is sadden by his former club’s decline.

“To be honest it’s an absolute disgrace,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to many old Blackburn players and they feel the same.

“Even staff that are still there think the way the club are being run is a disgrace.

“If you ask anyone who has been there, they’ll tell you they were gutted to leave Blackburn.

“It was such a good club, so well ran, and now it’s a bit of a farce.”