Ambrose delighted to start with a goal at Colchester United
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Darren Ambrose was as pleased as punch to mark his Colchester United debut with a second-half equaliser, to earn his new club a point, just three days after signing for the U’s.
The ex-Ipswich Town attacker, who had been training at Portman Road over the summer while as a free agent, swept home Gavin Massey’s 57th minute cross.
“It’s always nice to score on your debut, but I think the main thing was the way the team played,” explained Ambrose.
“In the first half, there was maybe some first day nerves for both teams, but I thought we dominated the game in the second half.
“We could have nicked it in the end, but for some good goalkeeping from their side.
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“But all in all, it’s a pleasing debut for me.
Saturday’s equaliser was the 31-year-old’s first league goal in English football since April, 2012 – a penalty for Crystal Palace in a 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth.
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“It’s been a long time since I played league football, if I’m being honest,” said Ambrose.
“It’s been a frustrating few years for myself. I did score in Greek League football, but does that count? I’m not sure. So it was nice to top my debut with a goal.
“It was a good cross from Gavin (Massey). He’s an outlet for us. I’m not an out-and-out winger, I like to come in on my right foot, and make a run to the far post.Gavin fired it across and I just had to direct it in.”
Gavin Massey: “I missed some good chances, and I thought we were sloppy in the first half.”
Blackpool manager, Neil McDonald: “Colchester hit a wonder strike (Alex Gilbey) into the top corner, which put them back into the game. I think they probably deserved the draw. I’m happy with the point.”