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Bowyer: Harsh Lesson

Manager Disappointed With Goals Conceded

21 October 2017

Gary Bowyer felt his team were dealt a harsh lesson in testing conditions, as Blackpool fell to a 3-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic.

The manager was disappointed with the manner of the goals his side conceded, with the visitors scoring two of their three efforts from set-plays.  

The Seasiders also suffered a major blow when Kyle Vassell was forced off after just 25 minutes.

Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…

Set-plays the difference.

I think they defended set-plays better than what we defended set-plays, and that’s what it came down to in the end. Conditions weren’t great and we weren’t allowed to play the way we wanted to play. For as much possession as they had, I didn’t think Ryan (Allsop) was overworked, so from that point of view, we’re disappointed with the manner of the goals.

The loss of Vassell at 1-0 up.

It’s not an excuse, it’s a fact. He limps off and he’s a big player for us. We’d already lost Jimmy Ryan, then obviously we had the disappointment of Clark (Robertson) before the game. They’re three big players for us.   

But we stuck at it and kept going, but never really troubled them enough. I thought we had a couple of great free-kicks second-half from Jay Spearing that we’ve got to do better from and try and get on the end of ourselves.

Conceding in first-half added time.

Losing Vass and then that right at the death was not good enough for us. It gave them a bit more impetus going into the second-half. We’re a young team and we’ve learnt a harsh lesson there today.

Injury news.

Kyle is his hamstring and we’ll assess that after today. Clark is a foot injury and we’ll have a better idea next week. 

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