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Bowyer Credits Opposition Keeper

29 October 2016

Blackpool Left To Settle For Point At Cheltenham

Gary Bowyer credited the performance of Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Russell Griffiths for denying Blackpool all three points at Whaddon Road. 

The on-loan Everton man pulled off a string of fine saves to keep The Seasiders at bay, despite Kyle Vassell finding the net twice after falling behind in the 2-2 draw. 

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

Good attacking play, resilient goalkeeper. 

You're pleased with the character but the way that we played today was there for all to see. We were terrific from minute one and the opportunities we created were great and you have to give credit where credit's due, their goalkeeper has been outstanding today. He's certainly got Cheltenham the point.  

Two great goals - a counter attack and a 22-yarder.  

We scored two wonderful goals. The progress that the forward line is making, in terms of unselfish play toward each other, is particularly pleasing from that game because it's something that we've been working on. 

The second one is a great, neat, little passing move and a fantastic strike from Vass.

Kyle Vassell's brace and overall performance.  

He's a handful, we've said it all along ever since his arrival. He doesn't give the back four or back three a minute's rest. We're delighted that he's contributing with goals.

Sam Slocombe barely tested, yet two goals conceded.  

That's the frustrating bit. We knew what Cheltenham were about and we knew the size of them and that we would have to come under pressure with some balls into the box. To give them two soft fouls, which they were, is disappointing - one is the own goal from Danny Pugh and the other is just game management. We're continuing to learn and get better and we've just got to ride out these little mistakes that seem to be costing us at the moment. 

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