Bowyer: Now keep on doing the same
AFTER clinching their first league victory on home soil since November Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer called on his side to deliver consistency as they keep up their hopes of a play-off push.
Strikes from Mark Cullen, Brad Potts and a Ryan Edwards own goal put Blackpool in control, though Morecambe grabbed one back through Antony Evans.
It was only Blackpool’s second win in their last 12 league games, and Bowyer is demanding his side kick on.
“I think we have shown throughout the season what we are capable of,” Bowyer said.
“We have to back that up with back-toback wins and the consistency of that. Anyone in this league can beat anybody.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to take the lessons we’ve learnt recently onto the pitch here. Coming back from 2-0 down on Tuesday gave them that little bit of confidence that we might have needed. We caused a lot of problems for Morecambe.
“We spoke about starting the game better and the second half better as well as managing the game better, and there were examples of where we did that throughout the game.”
The Seasiders went ahead with the first chance after 14 minutes, as Potts’ whipped cross was glanced in from six yards by Cullen. The Shrimps missed a golden chance to equalise after 37 minutes, as the ball broke to the unmarked Paul Mullin but his mishit effort was saved by Dean Lyness.
Blackpool extended their lead after 54 minutes as Kelvin Mellor fed Potts inside the area and the midfielder stroked home to round off a superb counterattack.
The margin was further extended ten minutes from time as Bright Osayi-Samuel’s shot deflected in off Edwards.
But Morecambe picked up a consolation goal three minutes later, when Evans thumped home from close range.
“We started the game not bad, but they got on top then and they mastered the pitch better than us,” Morecambe manager Jim Bentley said.
“We knew the pitch would be difficult and they had a height advantage over us, so that made set-pieces very big. They got on top with that first goal. From then on it looked like it was going to be them that scored the second goal.
“We changed the formation and we warmed to it, had some opportunities but that second goal was a killer. While it’s one-nil you’re in the tie but that second goal killed it for us.”