Plymouth's Ryan Hardie delighted to score on his return to Bloomfield Road during draw with former side Blackpool

Plymouth Argyle striker Ryan Hardie admits he was fired up to score against his former side Blackpool during yesterday's 2-2 draw.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 9:00 am

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The 24-year-old came back to haunt the Seasiders as he scored on his return to the Plymouth side, handing Argyle a deserved first-half lead.

Blackpool fought back during the second-half to go 2-1 ahead thanks to goals from Sullay Kaikai and Jerry Yates, but Joe Edwards rescued the visitors a point at the death.

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Hardie, who joined Plymouth on a permanent deal during the January transfer window after his short-lived spell at Bloomfield Road, was delighted to get on the scoresheet, netting his 50th career goal.

"It's massive for me and hopefully there's a lot more to come," Hardie said.

"I've been waiting on this for a while now, but hopefully it's a sign of things to come and I can kick on and keep going.

"It was a big game to come back into for me against my former club, it gives you than extra bit of "oomph" to go and get the goal and I was happy to do so.

Hardie gave Jordan Thorniley a torrid time during the first-half of yesterday's game

"For the goal I've just tried to square it to Niall (Ennis), although I would have obviously claimed it had it gone in!

"When it came back off the post, there was only one thing on my mind. I wasn't going to leave it inside the post and luckily the shot went through a defender's legs.

"I've played against a few of my previous clubs when I've moved about before and it's always gone the same way, I've scored a goal.

"It's always good to score against the team you used to play for, but at the end of the day it's more important to get the three points and at that point in the game we were in the lead."

Hardie scored just once in 12 appearances during his time at Blackpool having signed for an undisclosed fee from Glasgow Rangers.

The striker, who enjoyed two loan spells with Argyle before making his move permanent, had mixed feelings after yesterday's draw.

"To get a goal in the last minute to get you back in the game always gives you a bit of excitement," Hardie said.

"But at half-time we felt if we did the same thing in the second-half then we'd win the game, so in that sense we're disappointed.

"If we keep a clean sheet, we win. But because of the circumstances of the game with us going 2-1 down, to get the draw was a bit more pleasing than getting beat.

"We feel confident heading into every game. Of course we know what Blackpool are capable of, they're in a good position in the league and they're in a good run of form.

"But we knew if we played our stuff we'd get our chances and in the first-half we had 11 shots.

"Obviously we have to do a bit better with the chances we get, but to come and do that at a place like this is encouraging."

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