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Bowyer: Longstaff Goal Should Be A Winner

Manager Frustrated With 1-1 Draw At Bury

3 February 2018

Gary Bowyer says Sean Longstaff’s stunning strike should have been enough to secure victory against Bury this afternoon.

The manager cut a frustrated figure following the match at Gigg Lane, as George Miller’s 83rd minute effort resulted in the hosts claiming a point.

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

Goal worthy of a win.

We came here and imposed ourselves on the game very well at the start of the half. We should have took the lead when a fantastic pass from Sean Longstaff set up Nathan Delfouneso. He’s got to score.

We started the second-half in the same manner and we get the goal, which is a wonderful goal with great technique from Sean Longstaff. I fancied him to score today and I said so before the game because he’s had a good week and has had a spring in his step. It was a goal that should be winning games.

For 82 minutes we’ve defended, looked comfortable at times, and then there’s one ball we don’t deal with and it ends up in the back of our net.

Mistakes the Achilles heel.

In this run we’ve been on we’ve never said, ‘oh gosh, we’ve been totally outplayed’ or ‘we can’t work out what formation they’re playing’, it’s just individual mistakes that have been getting punished. When we’ve put the mistakes on the opposition, we’ve not been ruthless enough. That’s the simple matter of fact of the game.

Must react.

The dressing room is one of frustration, and it’s important that you have that reaction. Now we’ve got to react next week in training and go again. 

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