Date: 9th February 2017 at 10:48pm
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Manager Gary Bowyer has spoken of his frustration at the stalemate against Crawley Town in midweek but he had good news following scans on Andy Taylor.

Beginning with his thoughts on the scoreless draw with Crawley on Tuesday evening at Bloomfield Road, Bowyer told the Official Site that whilst there was some pleasure at extending our unbeaten run to four matches, it was bittersweet as with few chances and further frustration with Neil Danns missed effort from the penalty spot it was just one of those nights.

‘It’s one of frustration, we have a great bit of passage of play for the penalty and we’re disappointed that we haven’t been able to convert that. It seemed to knock us, it knocked the stuffing out of us a little bit. We got them in at half-time, got them going again and started the second-half brightly. Their goalkeeper makes a great save from Andy Taylor’s free-kick and we’ve huffed and puffed all night but we haven’t quite done enough.’

He went on to add about the penalty miss and another draw.

‘When he picked the ball up and put it on the spot, I was more than confident with him. I’m sure if we were to get one on Saturday he’d be the first to step forward. We’ll look at it as four games unbeaten. Yes, we’ve not won in those four games but at the same time we’ve got the spirit and character to keep fighting and make sure that we don’t get beaten. We’ve got to kick on from that now. We haven’t been lucky enough, if you want to say that, in terms of everything that we’re doing. It’s not through lack of effort from the players – they’re giving it everything they’ve got – it’s just that bit of quality and composure in the final third to see us through.’

As for Andy Taylor, little was known as he spoke to the media directly after the game but an update came yesterday and he explained it wasn’t as bad as first feared.

With concerns that Taylor may have broken his collarbone when he came off late on in the game clutching his arm, an x-ray cleared that up and Bowyer was hopeful the skipper would return to action quite soon.

‘He went for an X-ray yesterday and the good news is that it’s not a broken collarbone as first feared. We’ve got to let the injury settle down before we can examine it even further now, just to make sure that there’s nothing else wrong.’

Taylor is highly unlikely to return for Carlisle United on Saturday but Bowyer did say that their former Academy graduate, Brad Potts, might make a return for us depending on how his return to training went.

‘We think he’ll train today and tomorrow and give it a good go. We’re only going to put him in the team if we feel that he’s able to compete for longer than 45 minutes like he did last week.’

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