Gary Bowyer was delighted with the magnificent character and response shown by his players to come back from behind and beat Fleetwood Town 2-1 in dramatic circumstances.
Late goals from Viv Solomon-Otabor and Armand Gnanduillet secured all three points, with the latter finding the net in the 94th minute.
Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…
Great way to end the week.
It caps off a wonderful week. To finish the game the way that we have today, it’s a massive effort from the players. We were nowhere near good enough in the first-half, at all. Everything that we had done right in the previous two games, there was no sign of it. But it’s an unbelievable response.
Impact of substitutions.
I’m delighted with the substitutions because leaving Armand out after one of his best games on Tuesday is one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make in the time I’ve been the manager. What a response and what a cross. We’ve been talking for months and months with him to get into the position to open the goal up and head it, and what a header to win the game.
The pair of them (Armand and Dolly) link up ever so well in training and fortunately for us they’ve come good for us right at the death. They’re characters and they’ve celebrated it brilliantly at the end there.
Not settling for a draw after equaliser.
That’s something we’ve spoken about with celebrations, but at the same time being mentally ready and we were at 1-1.
There was some noise from their camp about bragging rights and they belong to our lot today because of the effort, attitude and character they have shown. It’s great for the lads. They deserve all the plaudits they get.