Blackpool’s trouble spot can’t frighten Flores

Flores (right) scores the winner
Flores (right) scores the winner

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer hailed his players’ reaction as they banished their penalty woes to climb back into the League Two play-offs.

With the score at Doncaster deadlocked at 0-0 in the 87th minute, the Seasiders squandered what looked a vital opportunity to pick up all three points against the 10 men of Rovers when Mark Cullen missed from the spot.

But in a dramatic end to the game, the Tangerines were awarded a second penalty just three minutes later and this one was duly dispatched by Jordan Flores.

Bowyer paid tribute to his players for the way they reacted to the disappointment of their eighth penalty miss of the season to defeat their promoted hosts and climb to seventh place .

The manager said: “We like to do things the hard way, don’t we? I thought it was a good ball into the box and a clear handball (for the first penalty).

“I was joking with Cully during the week that we’ll build a statue for him next to Jimmy Armfield’s because he was the only one who could score a penalty. But after that I’m glad they haven’t put the foundations in.

“But what was particularly impressive was the reaction of our lads. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves with yet another penalty miss and they kept going.

“When we got the second, Jordan Flores is probably the youngest player on the pitch but he’s got the ball and done what quite a few of them probably should have done and put his laces through it with his head down. He smashed it in and that was terrific for us.”

The win sees Pool replace Carlisle in the top seven on goal difference but the race remains ever so tight, with 13th-placed Wycombe only two points behind.

The result also saw Pool record an impressive double over the league leaders, having beat Darren Ferguson’s side 4-2 at Bloomfield Road in October.

Bowyer added: “I thought we came here with a game- plan and tactically we set up very well, in the first half especially. We frustrated them, nullified their diamond and created one or two openings ourselves.

“I thought we grew into the game and we had some belief in us. Doncaster have been promoted and are a good team who I think will win the league. But we’ve come here and been really good against them.

“Obviously the sending- off changes the course of the game (Matty Blair receiving a second yellow card on 52 minutes) but I think we showed great patience after that.

“We didn’t get too frustrated and we put in a couple of great balls, then there are the crazy couple of minutes at the end. We’re good at that, aren’t we?”