Fuller wants a goal, but he won’t celebrate

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller
Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller
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Ricardo Fuller is desperate to score against his old club Charlton – but don’t expect him to celebrate if he does.

The 33-year-old striker will lead the line for Blackpool against the Addicks in south London this afternoon.

The Jamaican has fired two goals in seven appearances for the Seasiders so far and wants to add to his tally today.

Fuller said: “If I manage to score I won’t celebrate out of respect for the club and their manager Chris Powell. He’s a good guy and a great young manager.

“The guys there are my friends, so I have respect for them and won’t celebrate.

“I’ll be professional as I have a job to do for Blackpool. I will be doing everything in my ability to win the game for my club. Football is football.”

Fuller has played as a lone striker for much of his time at Bloomfield Road, something he has admitted to finding difficult. But he is delighted with his progress and promises there’s much more to come.

He said: “I’ve not made a bad start. I’ve managed two (goals) away from home, which I usually struggle with.

“I just need to develop that level of consistency. The fitter I am and the more I play, the better I will get.That’s always been the case with me, whether I was 23 or 33. Hopefully I can show that on Saturday by grabbing a goal or two.”

Today’s hosts have won only one of their 10 games in the Championship and Fuller hopes Blackpool can take advantage of their troubled start.

“We have to be confident and I am,” he added. “Charlton are not playing the best football and we need to capitalise on that.

“We need to win with the international break coming up. We want to go into that break with a good feeling, though drawing wouldn’t be too bad either. But we haven’t won in four, so a win would be perfect.”

Fuller played 31 times last season for the Addicks, who ended 2012-13 in fine form and nearly made the play-offs.

Lack of finance forced them to release a host of players this summer and Fuller thinks their manager needs time.

“They have managed to bring five youngsters from the academy but I don’t think they are quite ready,” he said.

“They are great young talents, don’t get me wrong, but in football you need a mixture of experienced players and young ones. The core has gone and I think that’s why they are struggling.They just need time.”