BOWYER’S TAR­GETED BY FANS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By An­drew Parker

BLACK­POOL man­ager Gary Bowyer hit out at the New­port County fans who show­ered him with ‘mis­siles’ af­ter his side wrapped up all three points at Rod­ney Pa­rade.

Two goals from Bright Osay­iSa­muel ei­ther side of a penalty from Mark Cullen earned Bowyer’s play-off chasers a win over rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened New­port.

And it was Osayi-Sa­muel’s sec­ond in the fifth minute of stop­page time that led to the flashpoint with the home sup­port­ers, who took ex­cep­tion to Bowyer’s cel­e­bra­tions in his tech­ni­cal area.

The vis­it­ing man­ager ap­peared to be hit by plas­tic bot­tles and sweets thrown from the stand be­hind him.

“It is a dis­grace, an ab­so­lute dis­grace,” he said.

“That will be in­ves­ti­gated by the FA, but if I was the man­ager of New­port I’d cer­tainly want it in­ves­ti­gated, be­cause that was hor­rific, out of or­der.

“You should not see scenes like that, we were just cel­e­brat­ing the win with the third goal.

“Then the mis­siles came, hard-boiled sweets, bot­tles, there was lack of stew­ard­ing.

“One hit me right on the lip, ac­tion has to be taken. You can’t have that. If that hits some­one in the eye you’re in trou­ble.

“The FA have to act it is as sim­ple as that. New­port County have to act as well. I haven’t seen any­thing like it.”

Bowyer was full of praise for Osayi-Sa­muel, whose pace caused County prob­lems all af­ter­noon.

“The last goal was like watch­ing Usain Bolt playing for Black­pool,” he added. “That was un­be­liev­able, Bright chased his own clear­ance and showed fab­u­lous com­po­sure to put it away.”

The win saw Bowyer’s men close to within one point of sev­enth-placed Exeter City.

New­port re­main seven points from safety af­ter suf­fer­ing a first de­feat in three games since care­taker man­ager Michael Flynn re­placed Gra­ham West­ley.

“We threw ev­ery­thing at it ex­cept the kitchen sink,” said Flynn, who saw Alex Sa­muel pull a goal back for his side 16 min­utes from time be­fore Osayi-Sa­muel’s clincher.

“I can’t fault the boys’ ef­fort again.

“We gave away a poor first goal but I don’t think it was a penalty to be hon­est.

“The re­sponse the play­ers gave me was out­stand­ing and the crowd got be­hind them. They sensed an equaliser.

“Their keeper made a great save at 2-1.

“And the third goal is nei­ther here nor there – we wanted to try and sal­vage some­thing but they went and nicked the third.

“It’s a first loss un­der me and I’m dis­ap­pointed but we’ve still got to win matches and they showed again that

they are fight­ing.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports

BRIGHT-ON: Bright Osayi-Sa­muel celebrates his first goal as, in­set,New­port’s Alex Sa­muel fist-pumps af­ter net­ting his sides only strike SKY-HIGH: Black­pool go 1-0 up

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