Seasiders show­ing off their 100m pace

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

THE men’s 100m fi­nal at the World Athletics Cham­pi­onship may have been last week­end, but seven days later Black­pool boss Gary Bowyer in­sists the pace his side dis­played in vic­tory over MK Dons was rem­i­nis­cent of that race.

Justin Gatlin edged out Chris­tian Cole­man and Usain Bolt to claim 100m gold at the London Sta­dium but Sean Longstaff got the Seasiders off to just as quick a start at Bloom­field Road by ri­fling in the only goal of the game on five min­utes.

“In the wide ar­eas it was like watch­ing the 100m in the World Championships when we were counter-at­tack­ing,” purred Bowyer.

“What they have got is pace, power and skill to beat an op­po­nent. We had lots of home de­buts and they are all young and they all have great po­ten­tial.”

It was a first win for Black­pool since get­ting pro­moted back to League One and the boss is adamant the per­for­mance bodes well for the rest of the sea­son.

“There’s loads of pos­i­tives for us to take from it,” Bowyer added. “We thor­oughly de­served the three points .

“We showed great re­silience to keep a clean sheet but we should have put it to bed a bit ear­lier than we did.

“There’s lots for us to build on for the rest of the sea­son. We want to keep im­prov­ing.”

The game was played with Black­pool Air­show tak­ing place in the skies above Bloom­field Road and the hosts were soon fly­ing high.

On-loan New­cas­tle mid­fielder Longstaff picked the ball up 15 yards out and ri­fled a right-footed shot low into the far cor­ner.

And the Seasiders had a chance to dou­ble the lead af­ter 24 min­utes when Bright Osay­iSa­muel broke in­side the area but his square ball to Viv Solomon-Ota­bor was poor and the chance was lost. MK Dons had their best chance af­ter 36 min­utes when Ethan EbanksLan­dell rose high­est to glance a header from six yards inches wide of the far post.

And Ryan All­sop se­cured the points by par­ry­ing away Kieran Agard’s fierce late drive.

“Ob­vi­ously mas­sively dis­ap­point­ing to come here and not leave with any­thing,” MK Dons man­ager Rob­bie Neil­son said.

“We should be com­ing here and win­ning if we want to be at the top end of the league.

“For parts of the game we played al­right but we need to be bet­ter. We need to be more ag­gres­sive with our pass­ing and a bit more trust­ing of each other to play the ball for­ward.

“We looked lack­lus­tre and we all have to start be­liev­ing in each other that we can do it.”

STAR MAN JIMMY RYAN Black­pool

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