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Bowyer: A Pleasing Victory

Manager Reflects On Victory Against AFC Wimbled

2 September 2017

Gary Bowyer was pleased to see a much improved second-half display result in a 1-0 victory for Blackpool against AFC Wimbledon.

A 52nd minute strike from Sean Longstaff proved enough to separate the sides after a frustrating first 45 minutes, however The Seasiders had further chances to increase their lead. 

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

Much improved second-half.

It was a really pleasing victory because in the first-half I didn’t think we were really in the flow or the rhythm, but you have to give credit to Wimbledon for how they set-up and tried to stop us playing.

In the second-half we came out and we were brighter. We asked them to stretch it a little bit and we got the goal with a fabulous strike again from Sean Longstaff.

Ruthless streak required.

We had several opportunities to make it a lot easier for ourselves. We’ve got to be more ruthless in front of goal. That’s what we’ve got to keep working on and get better at.

Four goals in four league appearances for Sean Longstaff.

He’s a wonderful footballer with the ball and one of the things that we saw when we were scouting him was his calmness in front of goal. He’s shown great composure today.

Performances of Robertson and Tilt.

I thought they were terrific, the pair of them. They do a lot of work, with the rest of the back four and goalkeeper, with Andy Todd and it’s great to get another clean sheet at home. They made sure that we limited their chances.

Jimmy Ryan leading by example.

There’s a lot of responsibility on him but he’s thriving on it. Ever since he’s arrived at the club he’s been fantastic for us and he dictates the game for us. His experience has been invaluable.

Departure of Bright Osayi-Samuel.

He’s someone that we’ve worked with and he’s just got better and better. In my opinion, and it’s only an opinion, I’m amazed that someone from the Premier League has not come in for him with what he’s got, the ability that he’s got and the pace and power. He’s 19 years of age with all those games under his belt already and we wish him all the best.

The level of the lad is that he’s been here today and said his goodbyes, but we’re gutted that he’s leaving.

With the lateness of it, we found it very difficult to try and get a replacement in. We missed out on one or two, but we’ve got that group in there and we’ve got to stick together now, work hard and look after each other.

Another familiar face at the game.  

Brad Potts has been here today again and it’s a credit to everyone involved that Pottsy comes back and watches the game. We hope that the pair of them (Brad and Bright) keep getting better and, as a result, it inspires the others in that dressing room now.  

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