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Bowyer: Not Hit The Standards

17 December 2016

Manager Reflects On Defeat To Luton Town

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool fell below their usual high standards in the 2-0 defeat to Luton Town this afternoon. 

The manager watched his side make a bright start to the game and force two fine saves out of Christian Walton, yet things changed following the opener.

Speaking post-match, here's what he had to say...  

Big moments early on. 

The key moments in the game haven't quite gone for us today and that sums it up perfectly. Their goalkeeper made two great saves and they've been flying in for us. We were a little bit disappointed with the hand ball in the build up to their first goal but overall we've not hit the standards that we've been on. 

Importance of the opener. 

I don't think it was a particularly great game and the first goal is always important, particularly today. We were disappointed with the manner of theirs. 

Missing intensity. 

That's the first time where we've not looked like the team that we are, and that's been disappointing. We've just had a quick discussion about that. 

Timing of the second goal. 

If you look at it, it's poor defending from our point of view. We have to make sure that we cut that out very, very quickly and get back to winning ways. Performance levels have been terrific so far. 

Absence of Kelvin Mellor. 

He phoned in this morning, we did all our work with him yesterday and he was ill so it was disappointing. 

Problem for Potts. 

He's lost a tooth and I think he's going to have surgery. We're disappointed with that so hopefully he gets that done quickly. 

Bouncing back. 

We've always responded ever so well and it's up to us to do that again. 

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