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Bowyer: Didn't Execute Second-Half Plan

Manager Disappointed To See Side Slip To Defeat

2 April 2018

Gary Bowyer was disappointed to see his side not press home their first-half advantage against Oldham Athletic and ultimately succumb to defeat.

A 37th minute strike from Kyle Vassell had put Pool in a strong position going in at the break, however second-half goals from Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle turned the game around.

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

Disappointing turnaround.

It promised so much with how we were first-half, in terms of going in with the lead, but you’ve got to keep doing your jobs and unfortunately, the two we haven’t done our job properly, it’s cost us.

Not enough second-half.

We were talking about going and getting the second goal and getting on the front foot, but we didn’t seem to execute that in the second-half well enough. There was nothing much in the game but we didn’t threaten their goal enough.

Return of Mark Cullen.

Mentally he’s been fantastic – he’s had ups and downs but he’s still stayed strong. He’s been desperate to play, and he’s nearly got on the end of one today. Having him back for these last six games is a massive boost for us.

Focus stays the same.

I’ll keep looking forward and looking at ourselves. We’ve got six games left and for us to rely on other people would be ridiculous. We’ve just got to take care of ourselves. We’ll stick together now, keep calm and go about things the right way, which I think for parts of the game we did. We’ve just got to make sure that we see it all the way through.

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