'He's got a record of scoring goals': Blackpool boss not surprised by Matty Virtue's long-range effort against Bradford City

Matty Virtue is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Blackpool's second goal against Bradford City
Matty Virtue is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Blackpool's second goal against Bradford City

Terry McPhillips says he was not surprised by Matty Virtue's 25-yard howitzer in Blackpool's emphatic 4-1 win at Bradford City at the weekend.

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The midfielder grabbed Pool's second of the game in clinical fashion, running free down the centre of the pitch before unleashing a low effort into the bottom corner.

It was the 21-year-old's second goal since joining the Seasiders in January, having also netted in the 2-1 win at Accrington Stanley.

“It’s probably more than 60 yards he runs after picking up the ball in our half and running all the way," McPhillips said.

“He’s got a record of scoring goals, so we’re not surprised (by the finish). That’s his second goal now and he’s had other chances.

“We’re really pleased for him.”

Virtue completed a permanent transfer to Blackpool from Liverpool's Under-23 side in January, signing a two-and-a-half year deal at Bloomfield Road.