Date: 6th February 2017 at 10:02am
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Manager Gary Bowyer has been giving his thoughts following the weekend’s draw with Colchester United.

Hosting the side at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, Blackpool battled to a one all draw but the scoring in the match was settled after 18 minutes when the visitors drew level.

With neither side able to take advantage to take the available points on the day, Bowyer told the Official Site in his post game press conference that whilst there were plenty of positives he could take, seeing Scottish midfielder Jim McAlister stretchered off late on in the game was at the forefront of his mind.

‘Jim McAlister is on his way to hospital in an ambulance now with a suspected broken leg. We wish him well and hopefully, fingers crossed, it’s not as bad as first feared. He was magnificent filling in at right-back today, he was up and down with his energy levels. We didn’t have any worries about putting him there and it’s disappointing how it’s ended for him today.’

With 22 shots across the game, reflecting on the match itself he explained.

‘From our point of view there’s a lot of positives to work from. The number of chances and goal attempts that we had has been good but we’ve just not been clinical enough in front of goal today. When you look at the new lads that have come in today I thought they’ve done ever so well. Jordan Flores is only going to get better, the same as Neil Danns with the more games that they play in the league.’

Adding about the goal scored by Jamille Matt.

‘It was a great ball from Jordan and a fantastic cross from Nathan. We’ve got Jamille in between the middle of the goal and that’s been good.’

He was however disappointed to concede from a set piece.

‘It was poor from us. We’ve not won the first header, we have an attempt to clear it and we’ve not done, and then we have another attempt to clear it. That’s been disappointing because we’ve not been like that this season from set-plays. We’ve got to make sure that was just a blip.’

With McAlister’s worry well known, he was also asked about the substitution of Brad Potts.

‘It was just a precaution, really. He didn’t quite feel confident enough in his leg so rather than risk him and put him out further, we made the decision to bring him off. That enabled Colin to get on the pitch and the pace, power and physicality that we had today was very good.’

The game also saw Andy Taylor wear the armband officially as club captain for the first time following the departure of Danny Pugh, as he now stands in as the squad skipper following his time as vice captain.

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