Date: 24th April 2017 at 7:43am
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Manager Gary Bowyer has reflected positively on a strong performance from Blackpool in the weekend’s victory over Cheltenham Town.

Hosting the side at Bloomfield Road for the game, Blackpool took a comfortable three nil victory with Cullen, Robertson and Danns all finding the net.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a delighted Bowyer said of the performance.

‘I thought we were strong going forward, I thought the shape was right that we picked and I thought the players were dominant throughout. I thought they were really professional in how they went about the second-half because in the first-half we were really on the front foot, Dannsy’s hit the post and we’ve had a couple more where we should be getting a tap in. We got that first goal, it settled us down and I thought we kicked on from there.’

With Cullen’s general performance on the day as well as the goal, the gaffer went on to say.

‘It was his birthday yesterday so he’s been bouncing the last couple of days in training and I just had a feeling for him today. We were wanting him to make a run across the front post and it was the first time in the game that he did and a result he got the one that came back the other way. He’s a poacher and he knows how to sniff out a goal.’

With Robertson and Danns getting off the mark for the club with their first goals on the day as well, Bowyer went on to say of the duo.

‘It’s no exaggeration to say it’s long overdue (Robertson), you always feel there’s more contribution from the defenders and we’ve been disappointed a little bit with that. Today, thankfully, he’s been able to put it in and hopefully that’s the start of a few more before the end of the season. I thought he (Danns) was outstanding today, him and Jack Payne in midfield. They did the job that we wanted them to do in terms of getting on the ball and controlling the game. They did that magnificently well and it was a great team goal. We talked at half-time about enjoying setting people up and being selfless, and that goal epitomised that.’

With goalkeeper Slocombe called into action late on to protect the clean sheet, Bowyer was pleased with his concentration across the game but he did feel our margin of advantage could’ve been greater by the end of the game.

‘It was sloppy from our point of view, defensively, that enabled them the opportunity to try and get something back. At the same time, we felt we should have been a little more ruthless in front of goal.’

His final words were for the fans on the day.

‘I thought the crowd were terrific today, they really got behind the team – in the first-half as well as the second-half. There was an enormous sense of enjoyment around the place and I’m delighted with that.’

With Clark Robertson getting his first club goal on the day, he was also speaking post game.

‘I thought the lads were terrific. We knew Cheltenham would come here and fire plenty of long balls into our box but I thought we dealt with it perfectly well. We knew it was going to be difficult because they`re battling for their lives, but we won our first and second balls.’

As for his own goal on the day, he added.

‘The manager`s been harping on at me in training every week saying it`s about time I scored and I was delighted to see it go in the net. I think Tom Aldred had a shot blocked and I just leathered it into the roof of the net. It`s a weight off my shoulders, it`s been a long time coming.’

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