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Bowyer: Good Signs Of Character

20 August 2016

Manager Reflects On Wycombe Stalemate

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool have lots to build on following a 0-0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, particularly some 'good signs' of character.

The Seasiders stood firm in difficult conditions against the established League Two outfit and had a few opportunities to win the game in the last 20 minutes.

Speaking after the match, here's what he had to say.

A slow start but a late flurry of chances to nick all three points.

I'm pleased how we finished the game as strongly as we did, the energy levels and fitness levels of the lads were terrific today following a difficult away trip on Tuesday. Whilst it was a scrappy game - conditions didn't help that obviously - I thought we showed some good signs of character and mentality today. We had to see it out and keep going, and I was pleased with the clean sheet.

Well drilled opposition.

Gareth has done a terrific job there and we knew that they would be a big challenge for us today. He's been in charge of his team for four years and shaped them how he wants them. We're only still new into it. We had the big man (Armand Gnanduillet) come on today and he's not had a training session with us yet, so that just shows you how much work we've got to do yet.

Solid centre-half pairing.

I think the pair of them have done terrifically well in the last, sort of, two games. There was Akinde at Barnet with Akpa Akpro and then you've got this pairing (Akinfenwa and Thompson) and Hayes off the bench as well. The two of them have done ever so well. I think the goalkeeper, the back four and the two midfielders in front of them have had to really compete and done well at it.

Reflections on the week. 

There's positive signs there from the battling performances that we've had to do. You're not always going to be playing a game of football as free flowing as you'd like, due to the opposition and conditions. I've seen that we're able to compete with that, so that's been pleasing. We've got lots to build on. 

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