Blackpool’s Bowyer still in high spirits

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The Blackpool players’ honesty and spirit is something that can’t be questioned according to manager Gary Bowyer.

His comments come after his side fought back from two goals down to earn a point against Barnet on Tuesday, a result that does little for their play-off aspirations.

However, the result came on the back of recent disappointment for the Seasiders after they had squandered 2-0 leads of their own to draw their previous two outings against Crewe Alexandra and Exeter City.

Bowyer’s men were far from their best against Barnet but the Pool boss was satisfied with how his players reacted.

“They have honesty and spirit,” he said. “Given what had happened, having been being pegged back in the last two games and then being 2-0 down, it would have been quite easy for them to feel sorry for themselves and lose 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0.

“But they didn’t and all credit to them.”

Blackpool’s winless run at Bloomfield Road was extended to seven games following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw, their last victory coming against Newport County back in November.

It means the Seasiders have dropped down the League Two table to 15th and are eight points off the top seven, although they do still have next Tuesday’s game in hand at Plymouth Argyle to play.

Bowyer is well aware things have to improve but he says he can take solace in the manner in which his players fought back to earn a draw against Barnet that their performance barely deserved.

He added: “You saw how much the players wanted to win by their reaction after they scored. They wanted to get back and go again, and we could have just done with a little longer.

“It just proves the game is never over until the referee blows that final whistle and you have to stay in it.

“I would have put a kitchen sink on if we had one but that was it. We were very attacking.

“We had both full-backs bombing on and we left ourselves open to counter, but that’s what we had to do to get back in the game and we did it well in the end.

“We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves and we responded well to conceding. Their first goal just sums up how it is going for us right now.”

One plus for Bowyer has been the performances of Nathan Delfouneso in recent weeks, with the forward grabbing four goals in his last seven games since returning for his fourth spell with the club.

Bowyer said: “We knew what we were getting when we brought him in and he took his goal (against Barnet) ever so well. It was a great finish.

“There’s more to come from him and he’s only going to get better. It’s great to see him scoring but it’s also great to see him back on the pitch.”B