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Bowyer: Both Ends of the Pitch Again

Manager Disappointed With Manner of Late Equaliser

21 November 2017

Gary Bowyer reiterated that Blackpool must heed lessons and smarten up in both boxes, after a late Gillingham equaliser cost the team all three points at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders dominated proceedings from the off but were unable to build on Kyle Vassell's eighth goal of the season to wrap the game up. 

Instead a lapse at the back proved costly, as Tom Eaves was allowed time and space to head in a leveller in the 89th minute. 

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

Dominance without true reward.

For our dominance and possession – I think we had 60-odd per cent and 22 goal attempts to their two – the manner of their equaliser is extremely disappointing.

For 70 minutes we played really well; the movement was good, the rotation was good and the opportunities that we created were ever so good as well. But we’re talking about both ends of the pitch, with converting the chances we’ve created and conceding a soft goal again.

Change in momentum without Vassell. 

We’ve had an unbelievable return from Kyle Vassell in the last two games and, in all honesty, he’s surpassed what I thought he could have done. I thought he only had an hour in him on Saturday, so to do 90 minutes and then what he’s done tonight is an unbelievable effort from him.

You make the changes to try and give us that energy and try and get out there, and we've not done it. 

Lessons to learn. 

We’ve got to keep working hard and we’ve got to keep going. They have to grasp it now and become real difficult to beat. 

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