Bowyer: I don't know how we haven't won

Gary Bowyer watches on to see if Nathan Delfouneso's goal will stand
Gary Bowyer watches on to see if Nathan Delfouneso's goal will stand

Gary Bowyer struggled to explain how his Blackpool side failed to claim all three points in their breathless 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury Town.

MATCH REPORT: Blackpool 1-1 Shrewsbury Town

The Seasiders dominated large swathes of the game - Pool's last home fixture of the season - but missed three or four gilt-edged chances leaving them to settle for a point.

At one point it looked as though Blackpool wouldn’t get any points at all after Sam Jones handed the Shrews the lead with an opportunistic long-range effort that Christoffer Mafoumbi should have saved.

But, after missing a host of chances, Pool eventually got the goal they deserved when Nathan Delfouneso headed home from close range for his ninth goal of the season.

Pool almost got the winner their play would have merited when Kelvin Mellor saw a last-minute header clawed away off the line, but it wasn't to be.

“I don’t know how we haven’t won it," Bowyer said.

“I’ve had a look at the stats, (and we were the better team) in terms of the possession and amount of opportunities on goal. They’ve not had a corner all game and their goalie has had a fantastic game for them.

“So I’m a bit miffed at how we’ve not won it.

“But I just thought our overall play was terrific, especially with the number of chances we created.

“You look at the game and you look at the stats, you do come away scratching your head a little bit.”

It took a while for Delfouneso's goal to be confirmed after the linesman had initially ruled it out for offside, but after a minute or two of deliberations the referee decided to overrule his assistant’s decision.

Bowyer admitted it left him a little "bemused", but was happy they officials eventually came to the right decision.

“It looked like a normal goal," he said.

"The ref gave it, the linesman gave it, then he looked to make his way back for the kick off and the linesman decided to put his flag up for offside.

“Then we had a break of about three minutes to decide what was offside and what isn’t offside from a throw-in. It was very bemusing.

“But fortunately they got the right decision in the end."