Manager Reflects On 2-2 Draw
Gary Bowyer was frustrated to only pick up a point against Carlisle United, despite his side fighting back from two goals down to draw 2-2.
The manager watched another solid attacking display go without rewards for large periods, especially first-half, but was still proud of the spirit shown to cancel out the opposition's lead.
Speaking post-match, here's what he had to say...
Frustration and pride.
The main emotion is frustration again, we can't be giving teams a two goal head start, especially a team as strong as Carlisle. In terms of analysing the game, I think our first-half performance was the best of the season - with the number of chances we had first-half we should have been out of sight again. But we can't keep saying that, we've just expressed to the players that we can't keep saying the same things. The two goals we've conceded again are poor.
There's pride in terms of their character and spirit, they never know they're beaten which is a great strength to have in this league, but it's got to be us going in the lead and staying in the lead.
Forward options and substitutions.
We took a gamble and put three of them up there and I was close to putting Mark Cullen on as well and going with four. We then got back in the game and you've got to make sure that you're right defensively as well.
Jack Payne's performance.
He dictates the play for us and I thought he was terrific in doing that, and gave the team a lot of confidence and belief in their ability. The work that goes in on the training ground, you see that again today.
Absence of Danny Pugh.
He's got a little bit of bone bruising on his foot, which is a blow for us given the experience and leadership he brings. We're hopeful that he might be fit for the next Saturday.