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Bowyer: Good Account But Lessons To Learn

Manager Reflects On Opening Day Defeat

5 August 2017

Gary Bowyer was pleased with certain aspects of Blackpool’s performance despite an opening day 2-1 defeat to Bradford City, though stressed the need to learn lessons quickly.

Having been promoted back to Sky Bet League One in May, the test at Valley Parade was one that can only stand The Seasiders in good stead moving forward.

Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…

A good account.

I thought the performance was good. We came here against a team, like I said in the build-up, that could have quite easily been playing in The Championship and we’ve given a very good account of ourselves.  

Lessons to learn.

We’ve got to learn very quickly the lessons that have been taught today and that’s not giving any silly fouls away, defending set-plays better and being ruthless in front of goal because we’ve had opportunities today.

Initial reaction to going a goal down.

That was a good test and we passed that. At the next level up when you concede first you think ‘how are we going to do?’ and ‘how are we going to react?’ but we were terrific in the way we went about it. It was a fabulous goal, a really, really good goal from us.

In the second-half we had enough opportunities to defend their second goal but we didn’t feel sorry for ourselves and kept going. But we’ve got to learn very, very quickly.

The five starting debutants.

I thought they were terrific. They’ve had a right, good go for us and there was a lot of potential and a lot of promise from them. 

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