05:47PM, Wednesday 24 March 2021
Having scored four times in Maidenhead United’s last four matches, Nathan Blissett has proven to be a valuable asset for the Magpies in their pursuit of a play-off place.
Blissett, who signed from Solihull Moors last summer, has tallied up six goals so far this season and his brace against Torquay United last week helped Maidenhead move into the top half before the weekend and midweek matches dropped them down into 13th.
Speaking to the Advertiser on Monday, the 30-year-old believes the Magpies have shown they can ‘rock it with the best of them’ this season as he reflected on their chances of promotion and life at York Road.
“Everything is going for us at the minute,” he said. “We’re working really hard as a team to create opportunities for ourselves and nullify others. It’s all come together in the last four games and we’ve done really well.
“The team has definitely hit a purple patch. We’ve put ourselves in the position where we can really go for a strong end to the season. We have 17 games left and two months of our lives to really challenge the teams above.
“Have we got the ambition and application to get there? I believe so.
“The gaffer deserves huge credit. He has given us the freedom to play our own game throughout the season and it suits a lot of the boys here who have played at different clubs and not had that license before.
“It’s great to stamp your own mark on a game.”
Blissett is the nephew of former professional footballer Luther, who is best known for his time at Watford and playing for the England national team, notably alongside Alan Devonshire, in the early eighties. When the offer to join the Magpies came through last July, Blissett knew who to call.
“When I received the offer to join Maidenhead, I rang my uncle to get the lowdown on the gaffer and what he’s about,” said Blissett.
“He couldn’t be speak highly enough of him. He (Luther) said ‘Alan is a great person to be around so go there and play your football and he’ll do right by you’. I took that advice and he’s lived up to everything my uncle said.
“The gaffer has allowed me to play my game and he’s not tried to mould me into something else. He knows what my strengths are and how he can utilise me in this league.
“I can’t thank him enough.”