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Bowyer: Great Character But Can't Keep Giving Head Starts

Mixed Emotions Following 2-2 Draw

30 December 2017

Blackpool's second-half comeback earned a point against Plymouth Argyle, yet the 2-2 draw left Gary Bowyer pleased and frustrated in equal measure.

The manager praised the character of his players to find a way back in the match, though the fact his side gave the opposition another two-goal head start was concerning. 

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

Differing emotions. 

The first goal we conceded was a poor one from us. The second goal, you have to take your hat off to the lad as it’s a wonder strike but we really should have tracked the run.

In the second half, the character they showed was enormous, again, to get themselves back in the game. But we can’t keep doing it [that way].

Deja vu from Boxing Day.  

You get the stats, not that you need them, to back up your thinking and they've had two shots on goal all game. It was similar against Scunthorpe on Boxing Day, and they both go away with points from us. We've had 25 shots against Scunthorpe and 20 against Plymouth today, but we've only got a point to show for it. 

Work through it. 

There’s no secret, you’ve got to keep working it’s as simple as that. We need to keep encouraging and demanding more from the players to improve and get better and then we’ll see where that takes us.

Impact of substitutes. 

I thought the effect of all three subs when they came on put Plymouth on the back foot. In the second half it was one-way traffic, I felt, and we’re delighted with the response, especially of Viv, as he owed us that from Boxing Day. 

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