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Bowyer: An Amazing Feeling

18 May 2017

Manager Delighted As Blackpool Reach Wembley

Gary Bowyer once again praised the unbelievable spirit and character of his side after Blackpool beat Luton Town 6-5 on aggregate to reach the Sky Bet League Two play-off final. 

The Seasiders, having arrived at Kenilworth Road with a one-goal advantage, came from 3-1 down on the night to draw 3-3 and win the two-legged affair in the 94th minute. 

The result means the club will now face Exeter City at Wembley on Sunday 28 May for a chance to return to League One. 

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

Proud of players. 

They've done the club proud, they've done themselves proud and it's an amazing feeling. We can't be any prouder of them tonight. 

The goals and drama of the night. 

All our goals have been terrific goals. Our first was another great goal, great build up and Mark Cullen set Nathan (Delfouneso) up brilliantly and he has put it away. Then we kept giving silly fouls away and eventually we knew it would come to one, and that was disappointing. But we got on with the game and conceded a penalty that people tell me wasn't a penalty, but it doesn't matter, the ref's give it and he's put the ball away. 

We've shown great resilience, great belief, great desire and great courage to get back in the game. We knew we only needed one at 3-1 because it would make it nervy, and that's what happened. At the death you can't write it, can you? 

Impact of substitutions. 

Ian Black with his delivery, Armand, what a brave goal that was, and Bright should score himself but he put them right on the back foot with his pace. It was just fantastic from them, a great effort and I'm delighted for the supporters that travelled. 

Wembley. 

We're going to celebrate tonight because it is an achievement and then the work will start again. The preparation will be exactly as it has been all season and for these two games again. It's a great place to go and play and it's an even better place to try and win, and that's what we'll be trying to do against a very good Exeter team. 

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