VASSELL PENALTY BLUNDER SO COSTLY
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.”
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