Mark Cullen says League One clubs should be watching Blackpool in fear after his goal helped them claim a third straight win.
Cullen’s second-minute strike – netted on the rebound after his penalty had been saved – inspired the Seasiders to beat Peterborough 2-0 at rain-soaked Bloomfield Road.
The striker turned provider just after the half-hour, feeding Brad Potts for the second to lift Pool four points and four places clear of the relegation zone.
And Cullen hopes it sends out a message out to the rest of the division. “Every team in this league has to be looking at us now, thinking we’re going to cause them trouble because the results down lie,” he said. “The last three wins have been a real statement.”
Pool had to dig deep to preserve their two-goal lead in the second half, and it’s that which pleased Cullen as much as scoring.
He said: “Every lad put his body on the line and it was a great performance. The conditions didn’t faze the lads at all.
“The job was only half-done at half-time. We had to see it through by keeping our foot on the gas.
“We restricted them to few chances and deserved the win. The lads were buzzing.”
The 23-year-old’s sixth Seasiders goal was his first since the 4-3 defeat at Bury on Halloween.
Not that the mini-drought had worried the confident frontman, who added: “As a striker you like to score goals but I’ve just worked hard. I knew the goals would come.
“I hadn’t scored for a few games and it does play on your mind a little bit, but I think I’ve still brought something to the team. To get a goal so early settled everyone down.”
Cullen was also involved in the second, battling for the ball and sending Potts through to round the keeper.
“I didn’t even see Brad behind me,” explained Cullen. “He did well to get up with me.
“Fair play to Brad – it was a very tight angle and he took the goal well.”