Barnet comeback can be Blackpool’s catalyst

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer wants his side to build on Tuesday's comeback
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer wants his side to build on Tuesday's comeback
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Gary Bowyer has called on his Blackpool players to use the emotion of Tuesday night’s dramatic comeback as inspiration for the rest of the season.

The Seasiders salvaged a draw against Barnet during the week, fighting back from 2-0 down to secure a point courtesy of Kyle Vassell’s injury time strike.

That result came on the back of being pegged back in their previous two games, drawing 2-2 against both Crewe Alexandra and Exeter City, having squandered 2-0 leads on both occasions.

With Morecambe the visitors to Bloomfield Road this afternoon, the Pool boss is hoping his players can build on the positive way they finished the game against Barnet.

Bowyer said: “There’s a lot of credit to be given to the players for the spirit they have got because on Tuesday they could have easily laid down and died after going 2-0 down.

“But they didn’t. They didn’t feel sorry for themselves and they found a way to get back in the game.

“We spoke at the end of the game that we’ve got to use this as a catalyst for the rest of the season.

“As much as Saturday against Exeter felt like a defeat sometimes when you score in the last minute to get a draw it feels like a win.

“So we’ve got to use that emotion for the game on Saturday because it’s a great game.

“It’s a local derby. There will be a great atmosphere amongst both sets of supporters and we’ve got to go and show what we’re capable of.”

Bowyer’s men have drawn their last three games 2-2, a sequence which has seen them rack up 14 draws – seven in the last 11 games.

“There’s no secret, and we’re not hiding from it, that we’ve drawn too many games,” Bowyer added.

“We were looking at it the other day and I think there’s only four other teams who have lost less than us. Our goal difference is in the top six as well so it’s fine margins, but we’ve got to find a way to convert these draws into wins.”

Goalkeeper Sam Slocombe is set to miss out for the second game running through injury, Vassell is expected to be fit despite picking up a knock at the end of Tuesday night’s game, while Tom Aldred also returns to the fold after serving a two-match suspension.