DEANO DE­NIES THE SEASIDERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mark Wil­liams

IN-FORM Blackpool se­cured an­other point on the road fol­low­ing an en­ter­tain­ing 0-0 draw at Blun­dell Park but Gary Bowyer re­mained frus­trated.

The Seasiders have ev­ery right to be dis­ap­pointed they didn’t re­turn with all three points in what was a dom­i­nant dis­play against Grimsby – who had goal­keeper Dean Hen­der­son to thank for a share of the spoils.

Blackpool boss Bowyer said: “I’m frus­trated we couldn’t get the three points be­cause, when you an­a­lyse the game, their goal­keeper has pulled off a cou­ple of fan­tas­tic saves. On top of that our goal­keeper has had to do very lit­tle.

“What I am most frus­trated about is our penalty shout in the first half. Bright Osay­iSa­muel was taken out by their goal­keeper in my opin­ion. There was no rea­son for him to go down be­cause he was go­ing on to score.

“But when we get back and re­flect what we can do is look back on two very dif­fi­cult away games over the Christ­mas pe­riod and pick­ing up an im­por­tant four points.

“Our sup­port­ers were mag­nif­i­cent. They’ve had to travel for the Christ­mas fix­tures, so on be­half of me and the club, we’d like to say a big thanks.

“The trans­fer win­dow opens now and we will be look­ing to do a deal if we can. We want to strengthen.”

The first at­tack of gen­uine note didn’t ar­rive un­til the 20th minute when Hen­der­son pulled off a bril­liant low save to deny the Seasiders top goalscorer Kyle Vas­sell.

The clos­est Grimsby came in the open­ing half was through left-back Danny An­drew when his curl­ing free-kick from a tight an­gle grazed the cross­bar on 34 min­utes.

The vis­i­tors made an ex­plo­sive start to the sec­ond half when Vas­sell beat two men in the mid­dle of the park be­fore hit­ting a thun­der­ous lon­grange strike, which Hen­der­son did bril­liantly again to tip over the bar.

Blackpool en­joyed a strong spell mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod and both Mark Cullen and Jack Payne went close to break­ing the dead­lock.

The Mariners’ Danny Collins al­most snatched a late win­ner in in­jury time but just failed to con­nect with a set-piece.

Grimsby man­ager Mar­cus Big­not said: “Blackpool are a very good team and a point isn't a bad re­sult at all for us. They will be up there come the end of the sea­son.

“The down­side is we have picked up a cou­ple of in­juries to Ash­ley Cham­bers and Luke Sum­mer­field and they’re both likely to be out for Carlisle.

“Dean Hen­der­son has done re­ally well in goal for us over the last cou­ple of games and he pro­duced some im­por­tant saves at im­por­tant times.

“We now have to look for­ward to the trans­fer win­dow. It’s a short win­dow but we are keen to do busi­ness.

“We want to be as strong as we can and so we do have a few of­fers on the ta­ble for some play­ers.”

PIC­TURES: Si­mon Davies/ ProS­ports

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