Pool open talks with hero Ludo

Ludovic Sylvestre celebrates his goal
Ludovic Sylvestre celebrates his goal
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Ludo Sylvestre fired a sensational winner to keep Blackpool in the Championship, then revealed talks have started to keep him at the club.

The French midfielder volleyed home in injury time to seal a vital 2-1 victory over Derby in the final match of the season at Bloomfield Road.

It means 15th-placed Pool are now mathematically safe from the drop and go into Saturday’s last match of the season at Bolton with the pressure off.

Sylvestre is one of 36 players out of contract at Pool this summer and could walk away if he so wishes.

But after Saturday’s dramatic winner he revealed talks have already began.

The 29-year-old said: “The club spoke to me last week. I have to sit down with my agent and see what’s going to happen.

“I don’t know if any other clubs are after me, I just let my agent sort it all out. I need to talk to the gaffer and chairman and we’ll see what happens.”

Gary Taylor-Fletcher poked Pool into a half-time lead before substitute Ben Davies levelled for the Rams to set-up a nervy finale.

With Barnsley and Peterborough both winning at the foot of the table, a draw for Pool would have left their fate hanging on the Reebok game.

But a minute into added time Sylvestre scored a stunner which almost took the roof off Bloomfield Road.

He added: “Any goal feels good but it’s always special to score a winner in the last minute. I’m happy for the club and the fans.

“It wasn’t a bad goal. I didn’t think – I just controlled it and shot. It was great to see it hit the back of the net.

“We should never have been in a relegation battle. Everyone can see we have a good team and good players.

“We all know what’s happened here this season but we did the job and that’s the most important thing. We have to be happy and proud we’ve got through it.”Though hardly renowned for his goalscoring, Sylvestre has netted in three of the last five matches to secure crucial points for Pool.

“I always knew I could score goals,” he said. “It’s always nice to score but Saturday was a massive team effort and I’m really happy.”

Derby were already safe going into Saturday’s game but manager Nigel Clough was still disappointed at the end.

The Rams boss said: “There was nothing in the game, I thought that we edged it second half and would go on to win the game, but we ended up losing instead of getting a guaranteed point.

“We thought our performance warranted at least a point. We just vacated the edge of the box in the last few minutes, which we are disappointed with.

“Out of the three centre-halves we had in the area, one of them should have been in the area where the ball was struck. But it’s a brilliant strike.

“We feared the worst with the decision that was made for the penalty because it then continued for the next 60-odd minutes.

“The players are very angry at losing because we hate it, but also they are very angry and upset at the performance of the officials – all three of them.

“ You do start to doubt a little bit with some of the decisions that were made.”