ELLIOT Grandin hopes to be fit to face Tottenham tomorrow, and aims to score plenty more goals for the Seasiders, after an anxious wait to break his duck.
The Frenchman scored his first Pool goal on his 20th appearance in last weekend’s home draw with Aston Villa, heading in Charlie Adam’s corner, but limped off soon afterwards with a hamstring injury.
But the injury couldn’t wipe the smile of Grandin’s face this week – he had been desperate to open his goalscoring account.
“It is good for my confidence, and I am very happy for my family and friends, because they all follow my progress,” he added.
“My family watch every game back in France on the internet, so they saw the goal and I am very happy about that.
“I hope to score a lot of goals for Blackpool, and be here for a long time.”
Ian Holloway’s delight over Grandin’s goal was tempered by disappointment at his injury.
The Pool boss said: “I had been asking him to get on the scoresheet.
“It was a great ball by Charlie and a beautiful header.
“I thought Elliot was looking terrific. He was floating in little gaps and pockets, getting on the ball and turning.
“He was really dangerous on the day, so his injury was a blow for us and the boy himself.”
Relieved as he is to have got off the mark, Grandin admits it wasn’t the sort of goal he expected to score.
“The funny thing is, I don’t normally stand there for corners,” he explained. “It isn’t my normal position. I just decided to go into the box and managed to get my head on it.
“Charlie takes very good corners. I didn’t even have to move my head really.
“The only downside was that we didn’t win. I hope next time I score it will be to win a game.”