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Bowyer: Got To Be More Ruthless

Manager On 2-1 Defeat To Rotherham

9 December 2017

Gary Bowyer called for his Blackpool side to be more ruthless after Rotherham came back from behind to win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

The manager was pleased with some of his side’s play between both boxes, yet frustrated not to be taking anything from the game.

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

Need to be ruthless.

We played some wonderful stuff and scored an absolutely stunning goal, but we’ve got to be more ruthless, it’s as simple as that, when we’re as dominant as we were and create the chances that we did.

I thought we progressed in the second-half because they come at us. We weathered the storm from them that we expected and made them change their shape. But again, it’s individual mistakes which at this moment in time seems to be recurring and it’s something that we have to address quickly.

Opportunities on the counter to score a second.

You have to take those chances. it’s no good saying ‘we conceded soft goals’ because it’s at both ends of the pitch and today we weren’t so good at one end to convert those chances.

Poor goals to concede.

We knew all about their long throw and we had to deal with it. We can spend hours and hours practising but come match day, you have to have the bravery, courage and the desire to keep it out and today we haven’t been good enough at that.

Mellor’s goal and current form.

It’s a wonderful strike, and it’s great technique from him. He’s in a rich vein of form in terms of goals. We know from last season he’s capable of scoring goals and we need that from him, but we need the rest of the players to do the same.

Kyle Vassell’s withdrawal.

It’s a reoccurrence of his hamstring, which we have got to make sure we get right. We changed his training programme this week and it’s just something that’s blown up today again, so we have to go back to the drawing board with that.

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