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Bowyer Disappointed Not To Take All Three Points

31 December 2016

Manager Reflects On Grimsby Stalemate

Gary Bowyer was pleased with another solid display away from home, though disappointed not to take all three points from today's game at Grimsby. 

The Seasiders saw Kyle Vassell force two fantastic saves out of goalkeeper Dean Henderson and also had a good shout for a penalty when Bright Osayi-Samuel was brought down in the box. 

Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say about the 0-0 draw... 

Overall assessment.

I'm pleased with the clean sheet. When you come away from home a clean sheet is always pleasing. I'm disappointed that we've not won the game to be perfectly honest. We've had some great opportunities - their goalkeeper has made the save of the game from Vass in the first-half. 

First-half penalty shout.

The major talking point is the penalty. What would a 19-year-old want on his birthday? It would be a goal, you'd love to score a goal on your birthday. Bright has gone round the goalkeeper so why does he need to go down. From where we are it's a stonewall penalty. 

Grimsby goalkeeper named Man of the Match.

It shows you, coming away from home, how dominant we've been. We just needed to make sure that we took those chances, which unfortunately we haven't been able to do. There's not many times you can say that this season. 

Three consecutive clean sheets on the road. 

It's very good. It's a team effort and I thought the front two worked ever so hard, and that's where it starts from in terms of defending. 

Quick turnaround - Mansfield on Monday. 

The most important thing now is that we recover and get ready to go again. We've got a good squad and we might need to freshen it up with one or two but whoever plays, that's the standard that is required in terms of effort. 

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