Seasiders’ striker Matt looks to add gloss

Blackpool striker Jamille Matt
Blackpool striker Jamille Matt
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Blackpool striker Jamille Matt has backed himself to take advantage of his spell in the side as he prepares to face his former club Kidderminster Harriers this weekend.

Matt, who spent three seasons with the non-league side, has started in each of Blackpool’s last three games for the Seasiders after enduring a difficult start to life at Bloomfield Road, with a knee injury keeping him out of the side in the early stages of the campaign.

Despite showing encouraging signs in the last three games, Matt is still yet to hit the back of the net for his new club.

He said: “Obviously you’re not happy when you’re not playing games and when I signed for the club, I just wanted to kick on from the end of last season and carry on scoring goals.

“I’ve finally got myself into the team and hopefully I can get a run of games which will also coincide with the team’s form picking up.

“Injuries are part and parcel of the game, I’m only too aware of that as I’ve had a few bad ones. But you’ve just got to pick yourself up and keep going, because football can change quickly and opportunities will always arise.”

The forward, who signed for Blackpool in the summer, has struck up a partnership with Kyle Vassell which has seen the latter flourish in front of goal.

“Me and Vass are just trying to be a handful,” Matt added. “If I’m playing well and someone else is scoring, like how it’s been with Kyle, then I’m happy.

“I don’t see myself as a selfish player so I’m happy to play that role. If someone else is scoring I’m just as happy as long as we get the results.”

The 27-year-old bagged 25 goals in 75 appearances for Sunday’s opponents Kidderminster in a spell which provided the launchpad for his career, which eventually saw him seal a move to Fleetwood in 2013.

He said: “Kidderminster is a good little family club and a great club at non-league level. They would get into the league easily with the right backing.

“Whenever I was there they tried to play the right way and from what I’m hearing, they’re still doing that this season. They’ve obviously started well and they’re up there, so no doubt they will be looking to get promoted.”