Bowyer is buoyed by Seasiders’ comeback
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.”