Nathan Delfouneso admitted he is desperate to get back into Blackpool’s first team after firing a timely reminder to boss Paul Ince.
The on-loan Aston Villa ace scored twice for the Seasiders second string against Blackburn yesterday, having recovered from an ankle injury which has kept him out for almost six weeks.
Delfouneso has not found the net in six first-team games this season but was delighted to be back on the scoresheet against a strong Rovers reserve side.
He said: “It’s been a frustrating period for me as I’ve been out injured. I was just desperate to get back on the pitch.
“Obviously playing in centre midfield there’s more running to do, and it’s good to get two goals and an assist. I’m happy with how it went.
“It was a good test. They had some good players on their side and I thought it was a good spectacle, despite players being played out of position.
“It was a good workout against experienced pros – some of these guys have played in the Premier League. I’ve got that experience as well, so hopefully I can use it to get back into the Blackpool team and fire on all cylinders.”
It’s the 22-year-old’s second loan spell at Bloomfield Road after playing 40 games for the club last season.
His current deal is due to expire at the end of the year but he still feels he has a big part to play.
Delfouneso added: “Confidence is never an issue with me. I always have confidence in my ability.
“I believe that if picked I can go and do a job. Obviously injury hasn’t really helped me, but I’m just desperate and eager to get that opportunity to play in the first team sooner rather than later
“The lads have done great this season. We work from first minute to the last minute. The boys all deserve huge credit. No-one gave us a chance at the start of the season.”
Delfouneso was back among the substitutes for Saturday’s draw at Birmingham and is hoping he can earn a starting place for this weekend’s home clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
“Hopefully I can get myself back into the team and score goals for the team,” he added.
“I’m glad to have got two at Blackburn. I needed that considering I’ve just come back from injury. Hopefully I can take that form into the first team now.
“I believe I can make an impact in any position. I’m just desperate to be playing regularly again for Blackpool.”