Date: 1st March 2017 at 10:14pm
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Manager Gary Bowyer has praised the Blackpool players for their efforts in fighting back for a point in Tuesday’s draw with Barnet.

Hosting The Bees at Bloomfield Road for the tie, Blackpool found themselves two nil down but goals from Nathan Delfouneso and a late Kyle Vassell effort saw us draw level and take a point from the tie.

Whilst there was plenty Bowyer was unhappy with in the game, as he spoke to the Official Site in his post game press conference, he knew he had to give credit to the efforts of the players when we found ourselves two goals behind.

‘We’ve been on the receiving end on Saturday and against Crewe here and it just shows you that you’ve got to keep going and that’s what they did. You’ve got to give them credit for that. Their first goal probably sums us up at the moment with the deflection hitting the post. It could go absolutely anywhere and it goes into the path of Akinde. We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves, got back into the game and there was a wonderful save from the goalkeeper from Jordan Flores’ free-kick. Colin Daniel also had a great chance so we got back in the game.’

He went on to say.

‘At half-time we were positive in the dressing room but we don’t deal with the kick-off well enough and find ourselves 2-0 down from an individual error from the corner. It’s as simple as that. But, again, credit to them because they got back in the game.’

With Amand Gnanduillet’s impact as a second half substitute in the game, Bowyer went on to say.

‘You saw the threat that Armand possesses, aerially as well. We needed to be a little bit better with some of our balls in but he did make a difference to us when he came on.’

Ending with.

‘We take a lot of character and spirit forward by coming back from two goals down. We’ve shown that we’re not a team that lies down and dies, and that’s important.’

Goalscorer Delfouneso was also briefly interviewed after the game as well, and he knew we had to start turning our draws into victories if we are to end the season strongly.

‘We didn’t lose and we showed good character and good spirit to come back to 2-2, but I feel like we shouldn’t really have been in that situation in the first place. We needed three points but at the same time we didn’t lose. We’ve had too many draws and we need to change those draws into victories.’

With six goals scored in the last three games, Delfouneso also knew we had to tighten up as a team defensively.

‘We can’t keep making mistakes which are costing us goals. We need victories and we need to make sure that we cut out these mistakes so that we can move forward.’

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