BOWYER’S TARGETED BY FANS
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.”
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