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Bowyer: First-Half Performance One of Best I've Managed And Watched

Manager On 2-1 Victory Against Oldham

26 August 2017

Gary Bowyer hailed Blackpool’s first-half performance in the 2-1 victory against Oldham Athletic as one ofthe best he’s ever ‘coached, managed and watched’.

The Seasiders raced into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes and played some expressive, passing football that was a joy.

However, the second-half proved a tougher grind and required some resolute defending to see the result out.

Tale of two halves.

It was a tale of two halves, wasn’t it? The first 45 minutes was some of the best football that I’ve ever coached, managed and watched. The level of the performance was sky high. We spoke about making an early start and if we’d have been a little bit more ruthless it would have been a fair reflection.

We knew that there would be a reaction from Oldham. We knew that John Sheridan has been in there on several occasions and saved the club and kept them up when they’ve looked dead and buried.

Before they scored we still had great opportunities to have put the game to bed. Once they got that goal we knew that we would come under it and it would be a test of character again. The players have once again shown that belief and resilience.

Another cracker from Sean Longstaff.

He’s going to have his own little competition for Goal of the Season. It was a wonderful strike and it was a wonderful move – I’ve been told there was 19 passes in the build-up to it. He’s showing what he’s capable of and I thought he was terrific again today.

Vassell’s first goal of the season.

I’m delighted for him. He had to work ever so hard up there on his own against the experience of Peter Clarke and Anthony Gerrard. He stepped up to the plate and led the line brilliantly. He put his goal away brilliantly and hopefully now that’s him up and running. 

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