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Bowyer: It Was A Battle

Manager Pleased To See Side Adapt To Conditions And Win At Rochdale

1 January 2018

Gary Bowyer was pleased to see Blackpool adapt and battle against the conditions at Rochdale to take all three points.

The manager, speaking after watching his team record a league victory for the first time since mid-November, also stressed the importance of Nathan Delfouneso finding the net in the 2-1 victory. 

After the full-time whistle, here's what the manager had to say...

Battling the conditions.

It was a battle and it was there for all to see with the conditions, which were terrible for both teams. When you look at the level of the game, it was a credit to everybody involved because it was very difficult.

Quick start to second-half.

We spoke at half-time about staying in the game and trying to get them on the back foot. We did that from the very first minute of the second-half with Colin Daniel’s shot that just flew narrowly wide. We got a bit of momentum from that and we know that we’ve finished strong in the last couple of games in the second-half.

Important goal for Delfouneso.

It was massive. I’m delighted for him and delighted for everybody that’s had conversations with him and chats with him, showing him clips. The lad himself has been dying for that goal and hopefully now he kicks on. It’s a wonderful finish and unbelievable composure.

The victory.

Recently we’ve had to score two goals to get a point, so to get two today and actually take all three is pleasing.

We’re disappointed that we haven’t come away with a clean sheet on Mafoumbi’s full league debut. I thought he did ever so well in a local derby and in those conditions. We’ve had a look at it again and it’s offside, but we managed to see the game out. 

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