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Bowyer: Character And Spirit

8 October 2016

Manager Credits Fighting Qualities

Gary Bowyer praised the character and spirit in his squad to battle back for a point against Cambridge United, despite acknowledging that more should have been taken from the game. 

The Seasiders tested the visitors' goal with a number of early efforts and also watched Will Norris deny Danny Philliskirk from the penalty spot.

However, it was left to Andy Taylor to salvage something from the match with a 92nd minute free-kick. 

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

A good start without reward but kept plugging away.  

We started terrifically well in the first-half - their goalkeeper has made two very good saves from Kyle Vassell - and then we find ourselves a goal down from a wonder goal, a fantastic strike from the lad. 

But we didn't feel sorry for ourselves, we got a penalty and that's just where we're at, we missed the penalty but we kept going and going and kept believing in each other. Then it was a wonderful free-kick from Andy Taylor for ourselves. 

Breaking the opposition down and luck in front of goal.

Once Cambridge got the goal they sat in and sort of invited us to break them down and it proved very difficult, second-half especially. It's just how we're going a little bit at the moment, we had a wonderful volley from Kelvin Mellor and that hits the bar and comes back out. It's been going against us. If that's at the other end it would have hit the bar and dropped down. 

Determination and endeavour. 

I can't praise the players character and spirit enough because we're not getting the rub of the green and they know that, but they're still staying in there and that's a big trait to have. 

Captain's knock from Andy Taylor. 

I'm delighted that he took the responsibility and it doesn't surprise me, the lad that he is, that he took that responsibility at such a crucial time in the game. 

Injury to Dean Lyness and league debut for Myles Boney. 

It's not good, I'm afraid. Dean's off to A&E as we speak so fingers crossed for him. 

I thought Myles was brilliant when he came on, he looked assured and his kicking was good. That's from the confidence that he's had playing in the EFL Trophy, and he'd have had another game if it wasn't for the rules.   

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