Best is yet to come, says Pool striker

LuaLua against Leeds
LuaLua against Leeds
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LOMANA LuaLua has promised Blackpool fans they ain’t seen nothing yet.

The striker isn’t being big-headed. He is at pains to point out that he won’t get carried away with his scintillating debut, which included two goals in the 5-0 drubbing of Leeds.

But ahead of tomorrow’s Championship showdown with in-form Millwall, which LuaLua will almost certainly start, the 30-year-old is vowing there is more in his locker.

“I am not going to get carried away. I am going to continue to work hard, improve my fitness and sharpness and do even better. But this is just the beginning,” he said.

“Since the summer I’ve had a couple of little spells at Birmingham and Brighton, but sometimes you don’t fit into a particular club or a way of playing, even though you have belief in yourself and think you are a good player.

“But I think at Blackpool I’ve found the perfect place to be. I believe I have found a coach who appreciates what I have to offer and I truly believe this team can be at the top end of the division.

“Apart from Southampton, who are really on fire, everyone else is so close together that you can win two or three games and suddenly you are in a play-off spot.

“There is still a long way to go but I believe we are a good enough team to challenge.”

LuaLua has been a Premier League star at Portsmouth and Newcastle, and is experienced enough to know that victory at Leeds will be meaningless if the Seasiders fail to get past Kenny Jackett’s Millwall.

He added: “We shouldn’t get carried away with what happened at Leeds because it is just one game and three points.

“The big thing for us is that we make sure we do the same things again and play the same way. There is no point beating Leeds and losing to Millwall.”

LuaLua is already a popular member of the dressing room and revealed he celebrated his double at Leeds with his trademark back-flips due to popular demand.

“The lads in the dressing room were saying they would like to see the somersault in the Leeds game, so I promised them I’d do it if I scored. I was just lucky I got to do it twice,” he added.

“I’m pleased with the goals but what is more important is how we played as a unit. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we worked hard.

“I was also pleased with the reception the fans gave me when I came off.”