Cullen homes in on more Pool goals

Mark Cullen
Mark Cullen
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Blackpool new boy Mark Cullen hopes he can continue his goalscoring start in a Blackpool shirt tonight – in an away game which feels like a homecoming.

The Seasiders make the long trip to the North-East to face Blyth Spartans (7.30pm), whose Croft Park ground is just miles from striker Cullen’s home town.

The Ashington-born 23-year-old caught the eye with two goals on his debut for Pool at Lancaster on Saturday, and he hopes to be on target again tonight.

The former Luton frontman said: “I always want to score, so the fact I’ve got off the mark straight away is a bit of a relief. Now I can plough on and get a few more.

“Hopefully the fans liked what they saw. That’s what I base my game on – being in and around the box scoring goals.

“The first one was a decent little finish, and for the second I was in the right place at the right time. Two decent goals and I am happy with them.”

Neil McDonald’s men are two weeks into their pre-season preparations, though there was a setback on Saturday when the Lancaster game was abandoned after 75 minutes due to a pitch invasion by Pool fans continuing their protests against the Oyston family’s ownership of the club.

Pool head to Scotland at the weekend and will play a behind-closed- doors game at Stirling University before facing Scottish Premiership side St Johnston on Saturday week.

And Cullen is pleased the games are starting to come thick and fast.

He told the club website: “I’d rather play a game every single day than just run and go to the gym, but you need to do it.

“It was nice to have a feel for the ball and a little run around on Saturday.

“It’s the best way to get the rustiness off from the summer. The lads put the graft in, so it was a really pleasing start.

“You get your fitness through games and we’ve got a few more coming up, so I’m happy with that.”

Cullen’s fellow striker Jack Redshaw is expected to take part for Pool this evening in a squad otherwise unchanged from the one which played at Giant Axe.

Redshaw signed from Morecambe on Friday but it was deemed too risky for him to play at Lancaster the following day.