VAS­SELL PENALTY BLUN­DER SO COSTLY

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

APENALTY miss from Kyle Vas­sell meant Black­pool missed out on the chance to go back into the play-offs, but man­ager Gary Bowyer in­sists they still be­lieve and will keep fight­ing un­til the fi­nal day.

Vas­sell’s tame spot-kick, added to a poor miss from Bright Osayi-Sa­muel, left Black­pool frus­trated as Ac­cring­ton ex­tended their un­beaten run to 14 games.

Dropped points for the sides above them keeps Black­pool within two points of the top seven, and Bowyer is back­ing his side to show their qual­ity when it mat­ters most as they head to al­ready-pro­moted Don­caster to­mor­row.

“One or two re­sults seem to have gone our way so we’re still in there fight­ing,” he said.

“It will go to the last whis­tle on May 6. This was a missed op­por­tu­nity be­cause we had that chance to win the game with the penalty and we didn’t take it.

“We have a lot of be­lief still in there and the next four games for ev­ery­one will be nervy. There’s a lot of foot­ball left to play and there’ll be plenty of twists and turns.

“I’m ex­pect­ing our lads to go to Don­caster and put in a per­for­mance like we did at Ply­mouth away, at Carlisle away, and we are ca­pa­ble of that.

“You’ve got to keep be­liev­ing, es­pe­cially when we have the talent we have in our dress­ing room.”

Black­pool should have been ahead af­ter 37 min­utes. Colin Daniel squared for the un­marked Osayi-Sa­muel who in­ex­pli­ca­bly shot wide from four yards.

Af­ter the break, Neil Danns went down just in­side the penalty area but the ref­eree waved away the protest be­fore, at the other end, Tom Al­dred was forced to block on the line to deny Matty Pear­son.

Bowyer’s side, who are now win­less in three, had their big chance af­ter 75 min­utes when Sea­mus Con­neely caught Jack Payne with a high boot in the area.

Vas­sell stepped up but his tame spot­kick was straight at Marek Ro­dak.

With the last ac­tion of the game, Kelvin Mellor struck the post with a flicked header from eight yards, as Ac­cring­ton clung on for the draw.

Stan­ley also re­tain slim hopes of mak­ing the play-offs, and man­ager John Cole­man isn’t giv­ing up hope. “It’s still on for us,” Cole­man said. “We could have gone two points be­hind the pack and we could have leapfrogged Black­pool.

“But there’s a lot of foot­ball to be played, that’s a tough away game chalked off.

“We’ve still got a chance, the play­ers are giv­ing it their all.

“Both sides tried to win this game. We’ve got four mas­sive games left. “It was a big call for the penalty for them but we think it was out­side the box.

“We think we have two big calls for penal­ties, the hand­ball on the line which we think is a send­ing off.

“You get some for you, some against you.”

PIC­TURES: WhiteRosePho­tos

NOT HIS DAY: Black­pool’s Kyle Vas­sell crosses the ball and, inset, sees his penalty saved by Stan­ley keeper Marek Roda’ k STAR MAN JACK PAYNE

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