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Bowyer: Simply Not Good Enough

8 April 2017

Manager Reacts To Grimsby Defeat

Gary Bowyer pulled no punches in his assessment of Blackpool's 3-1 defeat to Grimsby Town, labelling it 'simply not good enough'. 

The manager was unhappy with all three goals conceded and felt his own side didn't do enough with or without the ball.

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

An honest assessment. 

It was simply not good enough today, which is probably the first time we've been as honest and as brutal as that. They're three goals that we've gifted Grimsby and that's what we have done, we've gifted them. They've not had to work hard for them, they're real, real soft goals and I'm majorly disappointed with how we've been today. 

Manner of the goals. 

The first goal is a poor goal. I thought in the first-half we put one or two decent passages of play together, the goalie made a good save from a great move when Jack Payne has played it to Colin and he's set Brad Potts up. To get ourselves back in at 1-1 and with a minute to go again, the manner of that goal was horrific in terms of the foul that we gave away that led to the corner and then defending the actual corner was really disappointing. 

We came out and had a little bit of a huff and a puff, the goalie has made decent saves from Kyle Vassell, Bright and Jordan Flores and Dean has not had a save to make. Then we go and gift them a third. 

Not utilising the ball well enough. 

We've had a lot more possession than the opposition again but we've not took enough care with the ball today. There was a lot of simple passes to be made and we didn't execute them right. We've got to go back to basics and work ever so hard to put it right for Friday. 

There's competition for places and people have got to go and put a case forward in training all week now to play in that (Accrington) game. There has to be a reaction. 

Taking responsibility. 

The one compliment, if that's the word, or bit of praise you can give them is that at the end of the game they've had a meeting themselves before I get in the dressing room. They're digging each other out, and when you've got a group like that, finally taking responsibility and accountability, it gives you something to build on in the lead up to the game on Friday.  

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