Gesture from bench helped Lewis save penalty

Blackpool's Joe Lewis
Blackpool's Joe Lewis
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Joe Lewis revealed a gesture from the bench was behind the penalty save which helped Blackpool earn a point against Rotherham.

Pool’s man of the match credited the club’s goalkeeper coach Paul Crichton for his brilliant 18th-minute spot-kick stop from Tom Lawrence.

The keeper said a nod from the bench helped make his mind up which way to dive.

Lewis said: “I couldn’t actually remember which way Lawrence goes. I could remember (Millers team-mate) Lee Frecklington’s penalties but not his.

“So I looked over to the bench and Paul Crichton waved me one way. That helped me decide which way to go. Luckily it was the right call and I was able to save it.”

Lewis, who is on a season-long loan from Cardiff, pulled off a number of brilliant saves before Emmanuel Ledesma finally beat him on 57 minutes.

The keeper added: “In the first half I thought we were poor and the manager let us know that at half-time.

“In the second half I think everyone saw a response and we could have come away with a win.

“They managed to get the first goal, but we showed real character to come back and we are pleased with a point in the end.

“We rode our luck in the first half but I was delighted to have a clean sheet at half-time.

“It really gave us something to go at in the second half and made a big difference. We got away with the first half, there’s no doubt.”