Delfouneso grateful for Seasiders’ support

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso
Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso

Nathan Delfouneso paid tribute to Blackpool’s supporters for the boisterous backing they gave the team during the Seasiders’ priceless win at Rochdale.

Blackpool were roared on by a much more vocal away following as they cheered their players on to a long overdue win, their first since the 1-0 victory at Peterborough United in mid-November.

While an official figure wasn’t given by Rochdale, it has been estimated that between 600 and 700 fans made the trip to Spotland to watch the Seasiders pick up three points for the first time in nine attempts.

Delfouneso, who scored the opening goal 10 minutes into the second half, was full of praise for the supporters when interviewed after the final whistle.

He said: “We’ve been getting a good following away from home and I’d like to thank everyone who came to Rochdale.

“The support was brilliant and they were singing throughout. So I’m really grateful for that support.”

The Blackpool fans had plenty to cheer as they watched their team pick up a vital win that sees them climb up to 13th in the League One table.

Delfouneso’s opener was shortly followed by a Kelvin Mellor header, the defender scoring for the fifth time this season.

Gary Bowyer’s men were forced to hold on at the end when the hosts pulled one back in the first minute of injury time through Mark Kitching.

But they held firm for a win that maintains that five-point gap to the relegation zone.

“It’s a massive win for us,” Delfouneso added.

“We’ve been working extremely hard recently during what has been a massively frustrating period for us all.

“We were determined to get that win and you can see how hard the boys worked to get the three points.

“It was difficult out there with the boggy, heavy pitch and the wind and the rain as well, which made it difficult for both teams.

“But we managed to keep going and while we knew it was going to be difficult to play our normal game, the boys still attempted to do it.

“I thought we mixed it up quite well and thankfully we managed to pull it off and thankfully I was able to help out the team to get the points.

“I’m a confident guy and I just knew if I stayed relaxed and calm in front of goal then I’d be able to put it in the back of the net.”

Ollie Turton picked up cramp on his return to the side from injury during the win at Rochdale, but Gary Bowyer expects him to be fit for the trip to Oxford United on Saturday.

Max Clayton, Armand Gnanduillet and Dolly Menga were all unavailable through injury on New Year’s Day.