Loan striker Matt hungry for goals

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MATT Derbyshire believes he’s the man to turn chances into goals for Blackpool.

The Seasiders have struggled in front of goal for months, despite creating up to 20 chances per game.

Caretaker boss Steve Thompson has been desperate to add to his forward line, and completed the loan signing of striker Derbyshire from Nottingham Forest yesterday.

And the Blackburn-born 26-year-old revealed he has joined Pool for the rest of the season for one reason – to score goals.

Derbyshire (right) said: “The number of chances Blackpool create is a real plus for me. “I thrive on crosses and balls into the box. The more crosses, the more chances I’ll get to score.

“I want to be on the pitch and getting on the end of those chances. I like to get in behind the defenders.

“I’m a bit of a fox in the box, my game is to get in and around the area and work hard.”

Derbyshire was due to join Pool earlier this month but manager Michael Appleton’s departure saw the deal stall.

But after talks with caretaker boss Steve Thompson earlier this week, the striker decided Blackpool was the place for him.

He said: “I knew Blackpool were interested at the start of January. My agent told me to prepare myself for a move here.

“The managerial situation worried me a bit but Thommo reassured me that I’ll be in with a chance here, no matter who the new manager is.

“I’m excited to be here. It’s local for me and I’m excited to get playing.

“Blackpool are a good club and I’m delighted for the opportunity to come and play here.”

Derbyshire was plucked from non-league side Great Harwood by Blackburn in 2002 and spent seven years at Ewood Park. He joined Forest from Greek club Olympiakos at the start of last season and scored four goals in a three-month loan stint at Oldham this term.

And the striker sees this move as a chance to get his career back on track.

He said: “I’ve had a lot of injuries and been in and out of teams.

“I went to Oldham just to get games as I knew the gaffer Paul Dickov. Now I’m fit and raring to go.

“It’s a massive chance for me. I want to thank Steve Thompson for bringing me here.

“I’m looking forward to helping them Blackpool and helping myself.”

Derbyshire has travelled with the squad for today’s game at Wolves and is expected to be named among the substitutes.

Matt Phillips could start in attack for the first time in two months, while Stephen Crainey will return at left-back after illness.