Blackpool boss hails comeback kids

Blackpool's Brad Potts celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal
Blackpool's Brad Potts celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal

Gary Bowyer praised his players’ power of recovery after they battled back from disappointment last week with a brilliant 4-2 win against high-flying Doncaster Rovers.

Blackpool were left licking their wounds last weekend after two lates goals handed Lancashire neighbours Accrington Stanley a dramatic last-gasp win.

But after a hard week’s training, the Seasiders put in an impressive display to see off Donny at Bloomfield Road in what was an action-packed 90 minutes of football.

“It’s never dull here is it?” Bowyer said. “But it was a terrific win against a very good team and we’ve had a right good go today.”

The game couldn’t have started any worse for Bowyer’s men, who found themselves 1-0 down inside the first minute when Andy Taylor turned the ball into his own net from inside the six-yard box.

But the men in tangerine fought back bravely and a goal apiece from Brad Potts and Kelvin Mellor handed them a 2-1 half-time lead.

Bowyer added: “We haven’t had an own goal yet so in terms of our run of bad luck, I thought that completed the boxset.

“There’s not one Doncaster player near but I think there’s five of our players trying to clear it, and unfortunately one of them put it in the back of the net.

“But what a fantastic response. Not just from the goal, but from last week as well with the injustice we felt at Accrington.

“The players have been terrific all week in training and to go 1-0 down early on, the players responded terrifically well.”

Blackpool then came out firing on all cylinders at the start of the second half and soon raced into a 4-1 lead with goals from Potts and Kyle Vassell.

Doncaster’s Tommy Rowe reduced the arrears from the spot kick and even had another chance to get his side back in the game when he missed a second attempt from 12 yards.

Bowyer was again cursing the standard of officiating at the first decision, when Rowe went down easily in the box.

“It’s not soft, it’s not even a penalty,” Bowyer said. “There’s no coming together of bodies, there’s no touch, there’s nothing. I don’t know what they’re saying anymore.

“But from there we managed the game OK. We looked a bit nervy at the end and if the second penalty had gone in that would have been 4-3 and it would have been squeaky bum time.”