Bowyer’s hor­ri­fied with Pool de­fend­ing

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

BLACKPOOL man­ager Gary Bowyer ad­mit­ted his side weren’t up to scratch as their pro­mo­tion hopes were dealt a blow with de­feat at home to Grimsby.

Sam Jones struck twice af­ter An­drew Boyce’s own goal had can­celled out Danny Collins’ opener.

It’s back-to-back de­feats for Blackpool, who re­main eighth, and Bowyer is de­mand­ing a re­ac­tion from his play­ers.

“We praise the play­ers when we feel that we’ve been good, but we can’t come out here and kid our­selves to­day,” he said.

“We have to hold our hands up and say that we weren’t good enough.

“The goals we con­ceded were em­bar­rass­ing goals for us, and we weren’t at the stan­dard that we’ve prided our­selves on all sea­son. It’s the kick up the back­side that we needed.

“Re­sults have been kind to us to­day so we’re still in there and now I’m go­ing to see the char­ac­ter of these play­ers go­ing for­ward.

“We’ve still got plenty to play for, we still have an op­por­tu­nity and we need a re­ac­tion and a re­sponse.”

Bright Osayi-Sa­muel broke down the left af­ter 13 min­utes and his low shot from 12 yards was de­flected inches wide of the far post.

But Grimsby took the lead four min­utes later, when Danny An­drew de­liv­ered a su­perb ball to the far post where exSun­der­land de­fender Collins nod­ded home.

The Seasiders were level af­ter 42 min­utes, in slightly for­tu­itous cir­cum­stances, as Boyce headed Andy Tay­lor’s cross past his own keeper.

Par­ity didn’t last long how­ever, as Blackpool failed to deal with a cor­ner in first-half stop­page time and Jones stabbed Grimsby back in front from close range.

Jones grabbed his sec­ond af­ter 70 min­utes, when he pounced on a de­fen­sive lapse from Tom Al­dred and raced clear be­fore calmly slot­ting past Dean Ly­ness to seal the points for Grimsby.

“It was a re­ally good re­sponse to­day af­ter last week (de­feat to Don­caster),” said Grimsby man­ager Mar­cus Big­not.

“It’s been a long week but we’ve made it worth it to­day es­pe­cially for the trav­el­ling fans. They will have a lovely week­end in Blackpool.

“They’ve only lost two games since Christ­mas, they’re un­beaten in eight. If you look at the stats it’s quite fright­en­ing. To come here, where the re­mit is to go up, and get that re­sult is en­cour­ag­ing for the fu­ture.

“It gives us a su­per start be­cause we want to end the sea­son with some mo­men­tum.”

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