Bowyer: Now keep on do­ing the same

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

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.”

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