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Bowyer: Contrasting Emotions

Manager Happy With Attack But Disappointed With Goals Conceded

10 February 2018

Gary Bowyer had contrasting emotions following Blackpool’s 2-2 draw at home to Walsall this afternoon.

The manager was delighted with the attacking football and character on show from his side, yet disappointed with the manner of the goals conceded.

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

Two views.

From an attacking point of view, I thought we were exceptional today, the way we went about it and the number of chances we made. We were back to how we were at the start of the season with the chances created and we scored two wonderful team goals. I’m really pleased with how we were attacking-wise.

If we look at the two goals we conceded, it’s two individual errors again. Overall, though, the character and response to going behind twice is fantastic from the players.

The way we’ve gone about the game and conducted ourselves today, you can’t knock the boys. It’s just individual errors that have cost us.

Decisions not going Blackpool’s way.

We didn’t have the rub of the green on the decisions today at all. For their second goal, it went out for a throw but got given as a corner, but you have to defend the corner once it’s given. Then, I don’t understand how the referee doesn’t give a penalty [from Tilt’s header]. It’s clear handball. It’s increasingly frustrating but it’s what we’re getting used to, as we’ve only been given one penalty all season.

Performances out wide.

We were loads more of a threat going forward. The pace and power out wide with Viv and Nathan was exceptional. The challenge for them now is to do that throughout the whole game. They both have the capabilities to.

Impact from substitutes.

All subs made an impact today. Dan [Agyei] came on and made an impact straight away, he’s looked sharp in training this week, he had a wonderful strike that their goalkeeper makes a great save from and then plays a great ball through for Armand and it’s a wonderful finish.

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