Ian Dawes praised a number of key performers, as Blackpool recorded a 2-0 victory at home to Walsall.
The Seasiders’ first-team coach was on duty to give his post-match views after goals from Chris Long and Harry Pritchard, plus a penalty save from Mark Howard, made it five games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One.
Here’s what he had to say…
A big three points.
It is (a big three points). I think going into the game we were confident that we were going to perform and we were confident that we were going to win today. We played Walsall earlier on in the season and I thought that we were the better team in that game, but we came away with a draw. The lads, going into this game, wanted to right that.
It’s something that we addressed yesterday and early on today. We needed to start brightly and we needed to make sure that they understood what type of game they were in. I thought for the first 30 minutes we were outstanding. We went 1-0 up and I thought we deserved it. We possibly could have gone 2-0 up, but we were really happy with the start.
Good finish from Long.
It’s something we’ve been looking for him to do all week. It was just good to get him on the pitch today because he had to drop out very late in the game at Coventry. I was really excited to see him today and he gave us everything we knew we would get out of him. Once he got that opportunity, I was confident he was going to score it from that tight angle. He puts them in at training on a regular basis.
Howard’s penalty save.
Whether it was a penalty or not is debatable because I haven’t seen it back, but when we do penalties at the end of training Mark does make saves regularly. I wasn’t surprised to see him save it. I think if you watch it again, Ollie Turton has also done outstanding to follow it up. If he doesn’t, then the lad taps it in.
Positive debuts from Virtue and Evans.
I thought it was a perfect introduction from the both of them. I thought they both came on at the right time and they both made a good impact on the game. At a time when we were losing a little bit of security, a little bit of possession and we were getting a little bit sloppy at times, I thought they reassured things. I thought they were excellent on the ball and excellent off the ball as well. They didn’t look out of place at all. They didn’t look like they were making their debuts, and that’s probably the biggest compliment I can pay them.