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Bowyer: Big Lesson To Learn

Manager Reflects On 2-1 Defeat At Southend

30 September 2017

Gary Bowyer says his Blackpool side will learn a big lesson from defeat to Southend United this afternoon.

The Seasiders made costly mistakes in the opening stages of both halves at Roots Hall to find themselves two goals down.

And despite showing great desire to fight back, a 94th minute penalty save denied the team a point.   

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

The late penalty and crucial saves by opposition ‘keeper.

It’s cruel on Jimmy, obviously with the fact that he’s stepped forward and had the character to take the penalty. I thought their goalkeeper has had an outstanding game throughout. He made a couple of saves from Vass in the first-half and then he’s produced a hell of a save from Clark Robertson, as well as the penalty itself.

We’ve come here against an experienced team, that have been right up there year in, year out, and had a right, good go, second-half especially.

The big lesson for us today is that we can’t come and give teams a two-goal head start anywhere.

Errors for goals.

It’s a big lesson for us to learn. They were two innocent high balls and we had to deal with them better, and should have dealt with them better. But that’s one in 11 from them, so as long as they keep getting better and keep on proving that, I don’t have a problem with that.

Putting Southend on the back foot.

We changed the system, put them under pressure and got the goal back. We forced an experienced team to make changes as well at the end.

Assessment of the week.

It’s disappointing. In the week we take one from nine and we probably deserved more than that. But we’re not going to feel sorry for ourselves now, we’ve got to take this through – which is going to last a little bit longer with our game being called off next week – and do some real good work.  

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