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Bowyer: We Must Kick On

4 October 2016

Manager Discusses Narrow Defeat In Checkatrade Trophy

Gary Bowyer was pleased with some individual performances in Blackpool's narrow Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Bolton, though he emphasised the need to kick on. 

Good passages of play once again went without reward and the manager acknowledged that it must be rectified quickly to allow the team to progress and get the rewards that displays have deserved.

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

Positive performance, plus frustration. 

I thought we were terrific first-half with the number of chances we created and the way we played. To come here to a fabulous stadium and on a fabulous pitch I thought we did ever so well. 

It's a frustrating time for us now because we're creating loads of chances and we haven't got whether it's the conviction or the application to convert them. We just said there that we have a choice now to really kick on and do something about it and realise the potential we have in the group. 

Good flow to the game despite changes but poor goal to concede. 

That's credit to everyone involved and shows the working going on out on the training pitch. But we need to start scoring goals and again stop a poor goal from our point of view.

We've not got to the first one or the second one from a set-play, and that's really disappointing. That's two on the trot now and it's something we need to address very, very quickly. 

Valuable minutes for players given lack of reserve team. 

I thought we just dropped off the tempo, which is to be expected because of that. That's up to us to try and organise some more games for the players and push the young ones on. Unfortunately we weren't able to blood enough youngsters tonight in it. 

There's been great individual performances but we now need to put it all together on Saturday. 

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