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Bowyer: Must Be Half-Pleased With Point

Manager Reflects On Draw At Walsall

14 October 2017

Gary Bowyer insists Blackpool must be ‘half-pleased’ with taking a point at Walsall, despite having the chances to take all three points.

The Seasiders fought back from going a goal down to an Erhun Otzumer free-kick, with Viv Solomon-Otabor making an impact off the bench to score his first goal for the club.

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

A point tinged with frustration.

There’s an air of frustration in the dressing room because of the way we played and how we went about the game. They’ve only had one shot on target all game, which is obviously the goal. But whenever you come on the road and you take a point, you’ve got to be half-pleased with it. We’ve got to build on that now going in to Tuesday’s game.

Impact from the bench with Viv Solomon-Otabor’s equaliser.  

All season the subs, when they’ve been called upon, have been terrific. Viv has had a tough time off the pitch in the last week or two but the way he’s dealt with it and with the support of his team-mates and the staff, he’s shown today what he’s capable of. That goal has been coming to be fair to him.

The free-kick decision which resulted in Walsall’s goal.

We’ve got to be careful because we can’t get in to trouble but it was an easy decision for him (the referee) and it was hard to understand how it got it wrong.

60-minute debut from Jay Spearing.  

I thought he was terrific for that hour – his quality stood out and he slotted straight in to how we wanted to play and how we go about the game. You also saw his experience with all the talking, so we’re delighted with the impact he’s had. He’s here for the whole season and he’ll continue to have a massive impact on this group. 

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