Blackpool stood up well to Wycombe challenge, says Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer on the touchline at Adams Park
Gary Bowyer on the touchline at Adams Park

Gary Bowyer was full of praise for the manner in which his Blackpool players stood up to the challenge presented to them in today's 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers.

MATCH REPORT: Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Blackpool

The Seasiders were facing a team full of momentum and confidence looking to build on last season's promotion from League Two.

Gareth Ainsworth's side threw everything they had at Blackpool, with striker Adebayo Akinfenwa a particular threat, but Pool stood firm to claim a clean sheet and a point to open their tally for the new season.

Speaking post-match, Bowyer said: “It’s a difficult place to come, they did magnificent last season to get promoted so we knew what to expect in terms of being whipped up.

“It’s a hell of a battle you’ve got to go into with them but I thought we stood up to that very well.

“Don’t forget, the core of their team is the same from last season. Whereas we’ve got eight making their debuts - that’s eight - and two of those eight were Football League debuts.

“So I can’t praise my lads enough in terms of how they stuck together and how they fought for each other.

“As we grew into the game we posed more of a threat. But on the whole a draw is probably a fair result for everybody.

“We could have quite easily nicked it at the death there. I thought we got ourselves into some great situations 1v1.

“Nathan Delfouneso was on fire, we just needed to do a bit more to find that winning goal.”