Date: 21st March 2017 at 7:31am
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Manager Gary Bowyer and goalkeeper Dean Lyness have been giving their thoughts following Blackpool’s victory over Newport County at the weekend.

Making the trip to Rodney Parade for the game, Blackpool took a three one victory with a Bright Osayi-Samuel brace and a Mark Cullen penalty but the delight for Bowyer as he spoke to the Official Site in his post game press conference was that he felt it was another perfect example of grit and desire from the side given the hosts dominated every telling statistic other than the final scoreline.

‘We were terrific today from start to finish. They`d come on the back of a decent run and fired the crowd up, but we went and withstood that and got on the front foot early doors. It was a fantastic effort from Bright to score the first and then to get the second was brilliant from the way that we played it. By half-time we should have been out of sight, Mark Cullen`s had two wonderful efforts and led the line brilliantly again on his own.’

Blackpool did of course have the two nil lead until Newport got one of their own back, and Bowyer went on to add.

‘It was a bit of a soft goal to give away and then we`re under the cosh a little bit because they lump it into your box, whether it`s a free-kick or a throw. To a man, I thought we were terrific today. The goal at the end is phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal. I thought I was watching Usain Bolt play for us.’

As for the end of the game, goalkeeper Lyness obviously came in for praise, as did the other players for putting their bodies on the line to see the match out.

‘It`s a wonderful save from Deano and the lads are throwing their bodies in front of the ball and blocking shots. Then you have to see Bright`s goal to believe it, it`s an outstanding goal, it really is. It was like watching Usain Bolt at the Olympics, it was that good. He chases his own pass, sprints past the lads and still has the energy and strength to then show magnificent composure. It`s a wonderful goal.’

A growing defence strength also pleased the manager on the day.

‘That really came to the fore when they got the goal back. It got a bit nervy at the end but we`ve withstood it and had players blocking shots and clearing away from the line. It was terrific.’

As for Lyness in his own post game press conference, he praised the side for standing up to the test the hosts gave us.

‘Once they got the goal they put long balls on top of us, but we dealt with them. It was another test, we`ve come here and dealt with it really well. We stood up to the test in the last 10, 15 minutes, when they had momentum and the crowd on their side. We`ve thrown away two goals in the past but the biggest thing is learning from it, and we made sure we didn`t do it again.’

Lyness added that games at this level are about showing the right fight and then the quality when moments allow and he felt we had done that perfectly.

‘It`s what this league`s all about, you come up against big, physical sides. If you`ve got the ability to play as well, which we have, it`s ideal. Mixing your game is vital, especially away from home. We had a really strong mentality, and at times we got the ball and played in the first-half.’

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