Fonz aims for unique double against former club Villa

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso
Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso
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Blackpool striker Nathan Delfouneso is aiming for a unique double when he faces former club Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The 23-year-old scored against the Seasiders when the clubs last met at Villa Park in 2010, a Premier League clash which Ian Holloway’s Pool lost 3-2.

Nathan Delfouneso during his time at Aston Villa

Nathan Delfouneso during his time at Aston Villa

Delfouneso has since enjoyed two loan spells at Bloomfield Road before making the move permanent last summer.

And he would love nothing more than to score and help Pool to victory in this weekend’s third round tie.

Delfouneso said: “Funnily enough, I scored for Villa and we won last time the sides met at Villa Park, so it would be good to score in a Blackpool shirt there and for us to win through to the next round.

“It’s a game I’m really looking forward to. I haven’t been back there since I left.”

Delfouneso scored twice in 32 appearances for Villa, having joined the club as an eight-year-old.

It’s the perfect cup draw for the striker, who added: “For some reason I had a feeling we’d get Villa, and as soon as the draw was made I rang my mum and dad.

“I was at Villa for a very long time and this is the only other club I’ve joined on a permanent basis. It will be great to see a lot of old faces. I can’t wait.

“Hopefully I can play and do a good job, I’ve never faced Villa before and it will be brilliant.

“Birmingham is my home town, so I’ll have a fair few family and friends in the stands. I really hope I can do well.”

Delfouneso has had to be patient on the bench since the arrival of Lee Clark as manager but has timed his return to the side perfectly.

He started Sunday’s drawn home game with Rotherham and looks set to lead the line again at Villa.

Delfouneso added: “I’ve been itching for a while to get back into the side, so it was good to start last weekend. Anyone who knows me will tell you all I want to do is play.

“I’m pleased to be in the team, and hopefully I can stay there and start scoring some goals. No-one will expect anything from us on Sunday, so it’s a game we can enjoy.

“It will be a good distraction for everyone and a great chance for us to play a Premier League side.”