Gary Bowyer was delighted with the way his players navigated a difficult game against Northampton Town to run out 3-0 winners.
Goals from Armand Gnanduillet, Sean Longstaff and Jimmy Ryan ensured that Blackpool backed up Saturday’s victory against Bradford City and moved up to 12th in the Sky Bet League One table.
Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…
Navigating a tough fixture.
Tonight was a very difficult game for us because of the fact that Northampton are fighting for their lives. You saw that in the first-half with the way their players were throwing their bodies in front of everything, and you’re thinking, ‘gosh, I hope it isn’t going to be one of those nights’. But, again, the players were terrific.
Pressing home the advantage in the second-half.
We stressed at half-time about keeping the foot down and to keep pushing, and we did that. We thought we’d scored a second with Nathan’s - he’s adamant it’s crossed the line and it looked like that – but we don’t have goal-line technology in League One. We then got to second with a wonderful strike again from Sean Longstaff and then we finished really strongly.
Positive goal difference.
When we had the meeting after the Oldham game, we stressed about getting a positive goal difference. Eight goals in two games at home and two clean sheets is a fantastic return by the players. The players deserve an enormous amount of credit.