Date: 19th May 2017 at 10:00pm
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Manager Gary Bowyer has spoken of his delight at seeing Blackpool overcome Luton Town to book their place in the League Two Play Off Final for this season.

A tense but entertaining affair played out at Kenilworth Road on Thursday evening and the game more than ebbed and flowed in a full time three all draw that gave Blackpool an aggregate six five victory at the Semi Final stage.

With a Wembley place now booked, Bowyer told the Official Site in his post game press conference that he couldn’t be more pleased to have seen us set up the Final with Exeter City.

Of course having the one goal advantage from the first leg, Blackpool didn’t make it easy and had to come from three one down on the evening.

‘They’ve done the club proud, they’ve done themselves proud and it’s an amazing feeling. We can’t be any prouder of them tonight.’

Speaking about how the game played out.

‘All our goals have been terrific goals. Our first was another great goal, great build up and Mark Cullen set Nathan (Delfouneso) up brilliantly and he has put it away. Then we kept giving silly fouls away and eventually we knew it would come to one, and that was disappointing. But we got on with the game and conceded a penalty that people tell me wasn’t a penalty, but it doesn’t matter, the ref’s give it and he’s put the ball away.’


‘We’ve shown great resilience, great belief, great desire and great courage to get back in the game. We knew we only needed one at 3-1 because it would make it nervy, and that’s what happened. At the death you can’t write it, can you?’

There was also praise for the impact of the substitutes on the day.

‘Ian Black with his delivery, Armand, what a brave goal that was, and Bright should score himself but he put them right on the back foot with his pace. It was just fantastic from them, a great effort and I’m delighted for the supporters that travelled.’

As we now build towards a Wembley trip.

‘We’re going to celebrate tonight because it is an achievement and then the work will start again. The preparation will be exactly as it has been all season and for these two games again. It’s a great place to go and play and it’s an even better place to try and win, and that’s what we’ll be trying to do against a very good Exeter team.’

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