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Bowyer: Positives From Play But Thoughts With McAlister

4 February 2017

Manager Reflects On 1-1 Draw With Colchester

Gary Bowyer saw plenty of positives in Blackpool's display against Colchester United this afternoon, yet his immediate thoughts were understandably with Jim McAlister. 

The Scottish midfielder was stretchered off during the 1-1 draw, with Sean Murray sent off for a bad challenge in injury time.   

The game itself saw Blackpool hit 22 shots and give debuts to new signings Jordan Flores and Neil Danns following moves to the club earlier this week. 

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

Update on Jim McAlister.

Jim McAlister is on his way to hospital in an ambulance now with a suspected broken leg. We wish him well and hopefully, fingers crossed, it's not as bad as first feared. 

He was magnificent filling in at right-back today, he was up and down with his energy levels. We didn't have any worries about putting him there and it's disappointing how it's ended for him today.

Lots of chances and possession but left to settle for a point. 

From our point of view there's a lot of positives to work from. The number of chances and goal attempts that we had has been good but we've just not been clinical enough in front of goal today. 

When you look at the new lads that have come in today I thought they've done ever so well. Jordan Flores is only going to get better, the same as Neil Danns with the more games that they play in the league.

Great play for the goal.  

It was a great ball from Jordan and a fantastic cross from Nathan. We've got Jamille in between the middle of the goal and that's been good. 

Disappointing to concede from set-piece.

It was poor from us. We've not won the first header, we have an attempt to clear it and we've not done, and then we have another attempt to clear it. That's been disappointing because we've not been like that this season from set-plays. We've got to make sure that was just a blip. 

Withdrawal of Brad Potts.

It was just a precaution, really. He didn't quite feel confident enough in his leg so rather than risk him and put him out further, we made the decision to bring him off. That enabled Colin to get on the pitch and the pace, power and physicality that we had today was very good. 


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