Manager Thrilled With Victory In Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay
Gary Bowyer praised the monumental effort his players put in to reach the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Bright Osayi-Samuel’s dramatic winner in the final minute of extra-time secured Blackpool a 2-1 win over Barnsley to set up a next round tie with Blackburn Rovers.
It was a night where the manager had to constantly shuffle his side around due to Kyle Vassell (hamstring), Andy Taylor (knee) and Jack Payne (hamstring) all picking up injuries, yet the squad stood up to the test.
Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…
A monumental effort.
We’ve used phenomenal and fantastic but monumental was certainly the word tonight. I’m tremendously proud of the team and how they’ve gone about it. They deserve all the plaudits they get.
Digging deep and combatting injuries.
We knew it was going to be a tough ask after the first game and the quality that Barnsley have, but we had a go. Their goalie has made an outstanding save from Jim in the first-half and then obviously we suffered the loss of Vass and then we lost Andy Taylor at half-time so we had to change our shape. It didn’t disrupt how the players went about and how they performed, they kept going and I’m delighted with them, absolutely delighted. It’s a fantastic achievement.
We lost Jack Payne as well. It just shows you what can be achieved when you’re all at it and stick together and you’ve got organisation, stick to a game plan and they’ve got the spirit that we’ve got. We talked about the character on Saturday after the Cambridge game when we went down to 10 men and that’s been displayed here again tonight.
Yet another goal from Mellor.
It’s not a shock to us in terms of his technique – we’ve seen that this season already. The contribution to goals has been phenomenal from him. We knew what we were getting when we were signing him, but we didn’t know he would get the amount of goals that he’s got. It’s a fantastic return from him so far and he’s got 20 games left so hopefully he can get double figures, which would be an unbelievable return from a defender.
Performance of match-winner Bright Osayi-Samuel.
When you look at the opportunities he had tonight, he could have had more than one but for some fantastic goalkeeping from Davies when he’s made that save down to his left.
Leading from the front.
Cully deserves all the plaudits because he’s played up there on his own second-half and extra-time and he’s up against two six foot four defenders and he’s fought for every ball for us and had a right good go. We’re delighted with the way he’s gone about it.