Orlandi wants to build on Villa display

Blackpool's Andrea Orlandi jumps with Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez
Blackpool's Andrea Orlandi jumps with Aston Villa's Carlos Sanchez
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Andrea Orlandi wants Blackpool to build on their encouraging display at Aston Villa.

The Spaniard earned his first start since November and caught the eye on the right of midfield.

And the 30-year-old hopes the positive performance can be taken into the relegation battle, as Pool welcome fellow Championship strugglers Millwall to Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Orlandi said: “We were very unlucky. The Villa fans celebrated when they had their first shot on target after around an hour, so that said it all. We were well organised and well in the game.

“Unfortunately they have Premier League-class players, and when Christian Benteke had his chance he made no mistake. We have to take the positives from the game and there were plenty.

“This performance against a quality side should give us confidence for the rest of the season.”

Orlandi was one of Pool’s better performers, having impressed manager Lee Clark with his display off the bench against Rotherham a week earlier.

He saw a first-half volley flash wide of the post and was pleased with his overall display.

Orlandi added: “I had a couple of good chances, but my legs were dead when I went on the run at the end and all of a sudden the pitch looked massive.

“But I’m feeling good at the moment and think I’ve done well in the last two games. I hope I can help the team now going forward.

“The plan was to drop a little bit, let them play and then get forward on the break.

“The game-plan was going well and we stuck to it well. We were unlucky not to get a replay.

“I think we had the better chances against Villa and we need to remember that between now and the end of the season.”