Bowyer is buoyed by Seasiders’ come­back

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Scott Hunt

BLACK­POOL fought back from two goals down to claim a point at home to Carlisle, leav­ing man­ager Gary Bowyer proud of their fight­ing spirit but frus­trated they didn’t claim all three points.

Strikes from Kyle Vas­sell and Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let lev­elled things up af­ter two goals in seven min­utes from Char­lie Wyke and Michael Raynes had given Carlisle a shock 2-0 lead.

But Bowyer be­lieves his men should have ended the only un­beaten record in League Two. He said: “The over-rid­ing emo­tion is one of frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment.

“When they went 2-0 up, they would have been de­lighted be­cause we were dom­i­nant in the first half and should have been out of sight.

“It was a ter­rific per­for­mance but we’ve got to stop giv­ing th­ese goals away. We’ve scored four goals in the last two games and only got one point so that’s what we need to keep work­ing on.

“They’ve gone 2-0 down but they’ve kept go­ing and kept be­liev­ing. I have huge pride in our fight­ing qual­i­ties and spirit but frus­tra­tion we haven’t got three points.”

Carlisle took the lead af­ter 51 min­utes. Jabo Ibehre’s 25-yard shot was de­flected high and tipped against the bar by Sam Slo­combe, but the re­bound fell to Wyke, who tapped in from two yards.

And they dou­bled their ad­van­tage seven min­utes later, Raynes ris­ing high­est to nod home Nicky Adams’s free-kick.

But straight from the restart Black­pool pulled one back as Gnan­duil­let teed up strike part­ner Vas­sell, who headed in from four yards.

And the Seasiders claimed a point af­ter 74 min­utes. Gnan­duil­let latched onto a ball over the top and brushed aside Raynes be­fore fir­ing past the on­rush­ing Gille­spie.

Carlisle boss Keith Curle was pleased with the way his side were able to match Black­pool.

“That was a proper League Two game of foot­ball, not the pret­ti­est at times, the ball put into a dan­ger­ous area, or should I say lumped into the box,” Curle said.

“Mark Gille­spie kept us in the game in the first half with two ex­cel­lent saves and that might have been the bit of luck that we needed.

“In the sec­ond half we changed the im­pe­tus and had a good foothold. We were com­fort­able and had a chance to make it three. So there’s a frus­tra­tion, but the pleas­ing thing is away from home, look­ing at the re­sources Black­pool have got, we have com­peted very well.”


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