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Bowyer: Desire To Keep Going

21 January 2017

Manager Reflects On Late Point

Gary Bowyer was keen to praise the character and desire of his players after they came back on two occasions to rescue a point against Yeovil Town. 

Although disappointed not to take all three points from the encounter, the manager was pleased to see his new signings make an instant impression off the bench, with Nathan Delfouneso scoring a 95th minute equaliser. 

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

Character and desire. 

Obviously we're disappointed not to have won the game but then when you consider everything this week - the amount of injuries we've had, the fact we went to Barnsley and won in extra time, played a full 120 minutes and travelling again after travelling at Cambridge - you've got to praise the character and desire to keep going and get an equaliser at the death. In my opinion we should have then had a penalty, which would obviously then give us the opportunity to win it. 

I didn't think there was much in the game, we had to deal with a hell of a lot of balls pumped up to their centre forwards and they probably caught us out and by surprise a little bit. The difference of the subs was massive for us. 

Nathan Delfouneso's impact. 

I worked with him at Blackburn and had a good working relationship with him, and I was delighted that we were able to get him in. You saw the impact - he's made one and he's scored one. Don't try and take that one off him because he's claiming that.

Sanmi (Odelusi) has come on as well and he's not played for about a month, so we've got to be careful with him as well. You see what he brings as well in terms of his mobility and pace. It gives us further options up there and we're delighted with that. 

Second-half support for Jamille Matt. 

We tried to change it at half-time to get people up there and we then brought the subs on the make an effect, and that's exactly what they did. 

Update on absent players. 

It's going to be touch and go for one or two, and there are several that are definitely out next week. You've seen today that whoever puts the shirt on is going to keep fighting until the end.     

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