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Bowyer: Loads of Positives

Manager Delighted With First Win of the Season

12 August 2017

Gary Bowyer was delighted with so many positives after his Blackpool side secured a first three points of the season with a 1-0 victory against MK Dons.

The manager, who handed out home debuts to seven summer arrivals, was thrilled with some of his youngster squad players, who stepped up to the plate when called upon, including goalscorer Sean Longstaff.

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

Up and running.

We spoke about our first home game back in League One and the importance of making a positive start. I thought we were terrific first-half, like we were last week at Bradford. We scored a good goal and had several great opportunities to have increased that lead before half-time.

At half-time we spoke about starting properly and we didn’t quite do that. We made hard work of it in the end, though Ryan Allsop has only had one save to make.

The opposition.

It’s a different MK Dons to how it was under Karl Robinson so we knew the threat they possess was different to how it was previously. They’ve got some good players that can hurt you, but I thought we stuck at it and showed great resilience.

Plenty of positives.

From our point of view there’s loads of positives today. You look at the age of our team and the youth in the team – Bright, Longy, Viv, Tilty and Nick.

Longstaff’s goal and performance.

We knew that he has great composure on the ball and like I said on Tuesday, he’s going to be a hell of a player when he grows into his ability. He’s got great ability on the ball and I’m delighted with his finish.

Threat going forward.

We should have put it to bed, we created some great opportunities. In the three games so far this season we’ve been a threat going forward and we need to just make sure that it doesn’t become costly for us. The resilient side of it today is a great one for them.

Those missing.

Kyle Vassell has rolled his ankle, Kelvin Mellor’s still out with a slight niggle and Cookey (Callum Cooke) took a slight niggle last weekend on his calf. We’ve still got Jim McAlister out and Jamille Matt, who was going to be on the bench today, was ill. We’re still light on numbers but it’s something we’re working very hard to address.  

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