Seasiders showing off their 100m pace
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