Praise For Osayi-Samuel and Cullen
Gary Bowyer was delighted to see Bright Osayi-Samuel and Mark Cullen come off the bench and score decisive goals in a 2-0 victory at Stevenage.
The pair, who both featured against Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, once again highlighted the strength of the Blackpool squad by helping the side back into the play-offs.
Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say...
Impact of substitutes.
It was a good advert for what we spoke about on Tuesday, the quality of the squad and the impact of the squad. To be able to turn around and use the squad was brilliant and I’m delighted for the pair of them.
Big goals for Osayi-Samuel and Mark Cullen.
It’s an area of his game that he needs to improve, Bright, and that was a wonderful first career goal from him. It was a memorable one for him.
Mark Cullen has got his head down, worked ever so hard and he looked unbelievably sharp on Tuesday night. His desire to want to score a goal was what was needed today, and it proved right.
Better second-half display.
It was a difficult game, conditions weren’t and we weren’t great first-half, we didn’t make enough passes and didn’t play the way we have been playing, which was disappointing. We came in with a clean sheet at half-time and just spoke about one or two things that we wanted to improve on second-half, and I thought we did that.
Seeing games out.
It’s something that we’ve worked on and spoken about and, again, credit to the players because they’ve actually gone out and implemented that.
Another clean sheet, aided by Slocombe saves.
He’s been terrific in the sense that he’s made saves when he’s had to. One of the things we’ve spoken about is the need to keep clean sheets because we always feel that we can score goals.
A great end to the week.
The aim at the start of the week was to get through in two cup competitions and to come here and win, and we’re delighted that we’ve done that.