Bowyer: We should have won the game, never mind drawn it

Blackpool finished their season with a narrow defeat at the New York Stadium
Blackpool finished their season with a narrow defeat at the New York Stadium

For the second week running Gary Bowyer was left scratching his head to work out how his Blackpool side failed to pick up three points.

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The Seasiders ended the season with a 1-0 defeat at Rotherham today, with Will Vaulks getting the only goal of the game.

After an under-par opening half, the Seasiders were the better side in the second period and had more than enough chances to win the game, never mind draw.

Nathan Delfouneso, Ollie Turton and Dan Agyei all squandered gilt-edged opportunities as Pool succumbed to their first defeat in six.

Despite the loss, Bowyer's men finish the campaign in 12th place in League One.

“I think that last 20 minutes sums up our season to be honest," Bowyer said.

“I thought first half we were abysmal, we were nowhere near it. We thought we were just going to come out and have a nice afternoon - well forget that, these are in the play-offs for a reason and have good players.s

“We had to tell them that at half time and we got a hell of a reaction.

“But why do we have to go behind to get the reaction? That’s the disappointing thing.

“Okay we got stuck on the motorway for three hours but it’s no excuse for that first half, because they go on to produce that second half.

“They can’t say the delay hindered their performance.

“You’ve had Nathan Delfouneso’s chance, you’ve had Ollie Turton’s chance at the death and Mark Cullen is adamant he should have had a penalty when the lad pulls him back.

“But we got nothing from the referee and again, he was another one out on an end-of-season testimonial.

“But forget drawing the game, we have got to be winning the game with the amount of chances we’ve had second half.

“I don’t think Christoffer (Mafoumbi) has had a save to make second half, other than one volley. So I’m really disappointed."