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Bowyer: We Took It To Them

14 February 2017

Manager Reflects On Loss At Portsmouth

Gary Bowyer was happy with a vastly improved second-half display from his Blackpool side at Portsmouth, though it ultimately came without reward. 

A goal down at half-time, The Seasiders took control of the contest in the second-half and continually pushed for an equaliser, until Eoin Doyle scored a breakaway second for the home side deep into added time. 

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

Strong second-half response. 

We saw Portsmouth play on Saturday against Accrington and it was the same sort of result and performance from them. First and foremost you see the massive advantage that they've got at home when the supporters get behind them, and I'm delighted they did get behind them because the manager, assistant manager and staff here deserve all the support that they can get to get out of this league because it's a very good football club. 

That being said, first-half I didn't think we were quite at the levels that we were on Saturday. Whether that was a little bit of the journey I don't know, but we're not using that as an excuse because you then saw how we responded second-half. I even thought we had a great shout for a penalty first-half. 

Pottsy's chance is a big chance and the lad has shown a great desire to block it. We huffed and puffed and put balls into the box but it just didn't drop, it was half chances. But I thought we really took the game to them second-half, and you saw the relief at the end from them. 

Tactical change at interval with Aimson in midfield. 

It brought clarity to one or two in terms of their jobs. We knew we had to go and really force ourselves on it (the game), and that's what we did. The longer it went on, you just felt that we could snatch something. 

Triple change late on. 

You've got to manage people coming back from long-term injuries - we didn't need Kyle Vassell or Brad Potts getting injured late on in the game when you look at what we've got to bring on. I though Jammer caused one or two problems but the ball just didn't quite land for us. I'm pleased with their efforts in the second-half. 

Commitment from supporters travelling so far on a Tuesday night. 

Outstanding, really outstanding when you consider that they went to Carlisle. That's why it was important for me to take the players over there and show our appreciation and thanks. That's been a hell of a journey for them and it's fully appreciated. 


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