WES Thomas says he’s buzzing to get a goal and a win on his first start for Blackpool.
The striker, on a month’s loan from Bournemouth, headed Pool into the lead before winning a penalty for Tom Ince to score during Saturday’s 4-1 victory at Peterborough.
The 25-year-old got the nod in the starting 11 ahead of Kevin Phillips and repaid manager Michael Appleton with an all-action display.
“I’m delighted to get my first start, a goal and a win. I’m buzzing,” said Thomas.
“Once I got the goal I felt the pressure on my shoulders go and I got more confidence on the ball.
“The first half was very difficult as they got on the ball and passed it pretty well.
“We dug deep in the first half, got in at 0-0 and in the second half we dominated them.
“It was tough in the first half. I was almost up there by myself but we got through it in the end.”
Many people were surprised when Appleton made the move for Thomas, who is totally unproven at Championship level – no-one more than the player himself.
“I was surprised Blackpool came in for me but it’s a great opportunity,” he admits.
“I came back from Portsmouth and told Bournemouth I wanted first-team football.
“They couldn’t guarantee that, so I asked if I could go. I’m delighted with the chance at Blackpool.”
The striker made substitute appearances in both the Seasiders’ previous games since arriving on loan.
And after drawing their previous four, Thomas thinks the win was long overdue.
He added: “The win has been coming. We’ve been playing well in games but haven’t quite got what we deserved. But we dug deep and played really well on Saturday.”
Blackpool rode the storm in the first half before two quickfire goals gave them a comfortable lead.
But there was a scare on 71 minutes, when an Alex Baptiste error allowed Dwight Gayle to pull a goal back for the home side.
“Their goal was one of those things,” said Thomas. “We showed good character to score another two after that.
“In the second half, we absolutely dominated and it wasn’t really a competition. There are good characters here and we all get on well. It’s easy to come into a team which has such good spirit.”
Thomas is refusing to look too far ahead. Of a potential long-term move, he said: “We’ll see how this month goes but anything is possible really.
“Hopefully we’ll go on from here, put in a little run and get ourselves back up there.”