Madine: We are trying to improve at Pool

Blackpool's Gary Madine (left) celebrates scoring Pool's goal with team-mate Peter Clarke
Blackpool's Gary Madine (left) celebrates scoring Pool's goal with team-mate Peter Clarke
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Goalscorer Gary Madine hopes Blackpool fans can see that the players are trying to improve the quality of football at Bloomfield Road.

The 24-year-old striker was delighted with Pool’s display in the 1-1 draw with Leeds and vowed they will do their best to end the season on a high.

Madine said: “The gaffer wants us to play in the right areas and asked us to take risks in the final third.

“He wants us to try things around the box and I hope the fans can see we really did try. We definitely had enough chances to win the game.

“For 97 of the 98 minutes I thought we were brilliant and played the conditions really well.

“It’s tough out there but we turned Leeds around.

“We were the better side. I think Leeds will be really happy with the point.”

Madine’s header was his third goal since joining Pool on loan from Sheffield Wednesday last month, and was a fine example of his scoring instincts.

After Andrea Orlandi’s free-kick rattled the bar, Madine reacted quickest for the easiest of finishes.

He explained: “It was a superb free-kick, and thankfully it dropped right into my path and I got my head on it.

“I stood two yards offside as Andrea was taking the kick, and just as he hit it I nudged the defender and took him out of play. That got me onside and it was a tap-in in the end.”

Lee Clark’s side again had to adapt to the difficult surface and Madine seemed to enjoy the Seasiders’ more direct tactics.

He added: “Saturday’s style of game suited me. I was able to get on the end of the long balls and get my body in.

“I managed to win a few free-kicks and get us up the field.”