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Bowyer: Lack of Composure

Manager On 0-0 Draw With Bristol Rovers

13 January 2018

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer bemoaned Blackpool’s lack of composure in the final third, as The Seasiders were left to settle for a stalemate with Bristol Rovers.

Clear cut chances were at a premium in the match at Bloomfield Road, with Armand Gnanduillet and Jay Spearing going closest to breaking the deadlock.

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

Overall assessment.

I thought we came out and started well. We played some good football in the first-half with some good exchanges up until the final third. Then we got into some great opportunities but lacked that composure - that’s what was missing for us today.

Sean Longstaff had a great opportunity presented to him and he snatched at that, which is unlike him. Sessi D’Almeida and Colin Daniel snatched at one, too, and we said at half-time that we have to have a bit more care. In the second half, you’ve got to give credit to Bristol Rovers - they stopped us in terms of how we were playing. We had to withstand a little bit of pressure, which will happen over the course of a game, then we had a really big shout for a penalty on Armand [Gnanduillet].

Blackpool League debuts for Roache and Lumley.  

I was delighted to give Rowan [Roache] his league debut and I thought he showed nice touches when he went in there.

Joe made a couple of decent saves and I was delighted with the way he went about it. He came through a big test today as emotionally he’s playing against his old club. He’s fitted in ever so well here, he’s been terrific.

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