Hall landmark for bare-bones Pool

Blackpool's Grant Hall celebrates scoring his sides equalising goal
Blackpool's Grant Hall celebrates scoring his sides equalising goal
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Grant Hall scored his first professional goal in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn, but the defender said earning Blackpool a point meant just as much.

The centre-half on loan from Tottenham scored with a first-half header to cancel out an early Jordan Rhodes tap-in and earn Pool their sixth draw on the road this season, though they are yet to win away from home.

Despite the point, Pool are now 12 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship because of Brighton’s 4-3 win over Birmingham.

Even so, 23-year-old Hall was delighted with his contribution on his third Pool appearance.

“That’s my first professional goal, so it means a lot to me. It was perfect that it managed to earn us a point,” he said.

“All I remember is that I made the run and Peter Clark won the flick-on.

“I tried to direct it and it didn’t go exactly where I wanted, but it’s in the net – that’s all that counted.”

Though the point does little to ease their relegation plight, the Seasiders deserve credit after a week which saw them lose four players to injury before Steven Davies pulled out ill just an hour before kick-off.

Hall added: “It’s been difficult. A few of the boys have been ill this week and boys who played were struggling with niggles.

“We were down to the bare bones, which is the last thing you need in a relegation fight. It shows the spirit we’ve got. We dug in for a good point.

“We were under a lot of pressure towards the end. They hit the bar a couple of times and a bit of luck went our way, which we needed.

“We need to go on to the next game at Brentford (tomorrow) and hopefully get a result again.”

An ankle injury had kept Hall out for over a month before Saturday, when Pool conceded for the first time while he has been on the pitch.

“Towards the end we were under so much pressure and I started to feel it in my legs,” admitted Hall.

“I just need games. We’ve got a lot of Saturday-Tuesday games now, so hopefully I’ll be fully fit soon.

“The ankle was perfect. It was just heavy legs at the end.”