Manager On Progression To Emirates FA Cup Round Two
Gary Bowyer was pleased with a professional job well done, as Blackpool secured a place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 victory against Kidderminster Harriers.
Goals from Jamille Matt and Brad Potts prevented any sort of upset occurring and sealed a first Bloomfield Road win in this competition since 2006.
Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say...
A professional job.
That was the big emphasis to the players, to be as professional as we could. We were on a hiding to nothing today, people expect us to win and if we win then it's a great well done, but it was always set-up for a shock. I have to give our players an enormous amount of credit for their professionalism today.
We spoke about seeing the first 15 minutes out and there's the excitement of a non league club playing a league club. I thought we were terrific with the way we went about our game and I was delighted with their attitude and application today.
First goal from Jamille Matt but tempered by injury.
It was tempered with the injury but I'm absolutely delighted that he's got up and running. He came across a goalkeeper that made an unbelievable save from him last week, he was very close with a header last week. We knew as he's been getting fitter it's been hard for him because he hasn't been able to compete at the beginning of pre-season because he picked up two injuries. He's stuck at it and in the last couple of games you've seen how impressive he's been and what a handful he'll be in this league again.
Second goal at a key time.
It was a well-worked goal with the pressing from Jim McAlister and then the burst from Potts which he's good at. When it came back to him the second time he took it ever so well.
I knew that we couldn't be disrespecting the opposition because I'd seen them play. In my opinion they'll get promoted this year and out of the Conference North (National League North).
First victory in an FA Cup tie since 2012 and first one at home since 2006.
I couldn't believe the stat that was thrown at me with regards to the last time we won a cup tie in the first round. I'm pleased with that, it's progress and like we keep saying slowly, slowly. We look forward to the draw on Monday.