Manager On Narrow First Leg Victory
Gary Bowyer says Blackpool's narrow 3-2 victory in the play-off semi-final first leg against Luton Town was a great advert for League Two.
The manager, having watched his side take a 19th minute lead, was delighted to see the character of his players come to the fore after finding themselves 2-1 down at half-time.
The Seasiders had hat-trick hero Mark Cullen to thank for firing them back in front and will now head into the second leg on Thursday with a slim advantage.
Speaking post-match, here's what the manager had to say...
Great advert for League Two.
From the neutrals point of view it was a highly entertaining game. I thought we gave a good account of ourselves and I thought it was a great advert for League Two football.
No change in approach.
We've prepared exactly the same and we've always gone to try and win football matches - that's always been our aim in every game. Today was going to be no different and Thursday will be no different, we're going to go and try and win the game now.
Character to fight back.
The most pleasing part of it from my point of view today has been the response to going 2-1 down and the way that they stuck together. They came in at half-time, we ironed one or two things out and then we got the early goal in the second-half, which was a fantastic strike from Mark Cullen. It gave us a bit more belief and then we got the penalty, and we felt we should have had one in the first-half. Mark stepped up and put it away well, and we then had to put our bodies on the line because we knew Luton would throw everything at us.
Attentions on second leg.
It's a slim advantage, you've seen the quality of the game today from both teams and it's going to be tough down there for us, we don't expect anything different. We've got to go and show the character and resilience that we showed today, and play our football as well.