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Bowyer: Slocombe Save Lifted Intensity

26 November 2016

Manager Reacts To 4-1 Win Against Newport County

Gary Bowyer hailed Sam Slocombe's 'massive' penalty save, as Blackpool went on to beat Newport County 4-1 at Bloomfield Road. 

The 'keeper pulled off a timely second-half stop at 1-1 that lifted the intensity and saw The Seasiders finish with a flourish, as Jack Payne, Kyle Vassell and Kelvin Mellor added to a first-half effort from Brad Potts. 

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

Strong finish with plenty of intensity. 

Immense character and spirit from the group. The fitness levels were tremendous and we finished really, really strongly. We ran ourselves into the ground and I'm delighted that we've been as clinical as we have been in front of goal again. 

Crucial penalty save from Slocombe. 

The save from Sam has been massive because it's really lifted everybody and the intensity just went up from there. We then went on and won the game. 

A lot of work goes into it (penalty research) from Adam, the analyst, and Timmo, the goalkeeping coach, because they study it and prepare it and that's proved valuable to us today. 

Jack Payne amongst the goalscorers. 

It's about time as well from him. We've been saying that to him, that we want goals from him, and we're delighted that he's done that today. 

90-minute return and goal from Kyle Vassell. 

We were disappointed that he couldn't make Tuesday but the reaction from him today was immense and his goal was a great bit of centre-forward play, showing great strength to hold the defender off and then a wonderful finish. 

Colin Daniel and Kelvin Mellor injuries. 

Colin's was the classic sniper in the stand, I'm afraid. That looks like a hamstring and obviously he's going to be missing for a couple of weeks with that. Hopefully he can come back because he's been in great form for us recently so the timing of that's not great. 

Kelvin is a bang to the knee but we're hopeful that it won't be as serious as what it looked, with him being carried off on a stretcher. The lad's desperate to try and get fit for Saturday. 

Four goals in each of the last three league games at home. 

At home we're very, very clinical and we need to carry on working hard to transfer that on the road.  

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