Date: 3rd January 2017 at 3:19pm
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Manager Gary Bowyer has spoken of his disappointment at the performance against Mansfield Town on Monday.

Opening the 2017 portion of our League Two campaign, Blackpool welcomed Mansfield to Bloomfield Road and put in a poor performance based on our own recent showings and with few chances at goal we fell to a narrow one nil defeat despite having more possession.

For Bowyer that was what the game swung on as with fewer chances created across the 90 compared to normal, it was clear we just hadn’t done enough with the ball when we had it.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a disappointed Bowyer knew that we had ourselves to blame for the result based on our failure to make things happen in the final third.

‘I don’t think there was a great deal in the game. I think we’ve had a lot of possession but not really hurt the opposition enough with the ball. That’s the disappointing thing because that’s not really been in our make-up. It’s the first game this season where we’ve been like that, so overall it’s one of the disappointment.’

With changes made to the starting eleven, Bowyer was more pleased with the impact of the substitutes from the bench but I guess he was being diplomatic in the OS coverage.

‘I totally agree. You give people opportunities and some haven’t taken them. It’s as simple as that.’

With talking points coming from the fouls on Mark Cullen and Jamille Matt, he went on to say that he needed to view them again before overly commenting.

‘I’ve not looked at them again but I thought the Jamille Matt one was certainly a big call. I’ve not seen them though so it would be wrong for me to comment.’

With two cup games up next for the side, he ended by explaining.

‘When you’ve been beaten in the league you want one as soon as you can. Now obviously we’ve got to look forward to the wonderful cup tie that we have here against Barnsley. We’re massively the underdog but we’ve got the opportunity to try and get some glory back.’

A break may do the trick.

Kelvin Mellor was also speaking following the game and for him it was a case of moving on quickly from it and not letting the disappointment dwell given how we had been doing.

‘It`s gone now, obviously you`re frustrated but you`ve got to move on and be positive. We can`t dwell on a loss, we want to be pushing up the table and it`s not going to happen if we don`t have a good vibes around the place. We’ve not been bad at home and we have the FA Cup to look forward to on Saturday.’

As for his effort that was cleared off the line, he ended by saying that whilst we hadn’t done enough for victory a draw wouldn’t have been undeserved.

‘I think we deserved something, especially second-half. We pushed them back and thought a goal was going to come. It was a tough day. A bit of tiredness crept in and we lacked the last bit of quality in the final third.’

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