It’s all fours as Bowyer hails another Blackpool win

Pool celebrate Jack Payne's goal
Pool celebrate Jack Payne's goal
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Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer spoke of his delight at his side’s performances on home turf after a dominant 4-1 win over Newport County lifted them back into the League Two play-off zone.

The Seasiders notched four goals for the third league match in a row at Bloomfield Road to see off the rock-bottom Exiles.

Plymouth are the only visiting team to have won at Blackpool this season and Bowyer said their home ground is becoming a fortress.

“We’ve produced some good performances and some good results here, and we’ve managed to do that again,” he said.

“I thought our fitness levels were immense. Even at the end, when we’re winning 3-1 and 4-1, you look at the intensity to close people down and put them under pressure.”

The win was a perfect response to the 1-0 midweek defeat at Mansfield, where an injury-time goal ended Pool’s six-match unbeaten run.

But it could have been a completely different story on Saturday, had goalkeeper Sam Slocombe not made a crucial second-half penalty save from Newport’s Sean Rigg, when the scores were still tied at 1-1.

Andy Taylor was adjudged to have fouled Mark Randall for the spot-kick and Bowyer added: “The big moment came for us in a strange way, which was Sam saving the penalty.

“I thought that if that was a penalty, then the one in the first half (when Kyle Vassell went down) was too. But it wasn’t to be and Sam made the save, then we really kicked on.

“The intensity around the whole ground increased after the penalty save. The fans went up a notch and we were really pleased with the response from the players.”

Bowyer’s men were soon out of sight through Jack Payne’s first goal for the club, Vassell’s 11th and a Kelvin Mellor strike, Brad Potts having opened the scoring in the fourth minute.

Bowyer said: “Brad is a massive threat for us going forward.

“He didn’t give up on his chance today and he managed to get the goal.”

The Pool boss was unhappy with Rhys Healey’s equaliser but added: “Rather than kick on from Brad’s goal we sat back a little, which was a bit disappointing, but we got into half-time and sorted one or two things out.

“Saying that, we still could have scored a couple before half-time and I’m not sure that one from Colin Daniel stayed out (when the ball struck the inside of a post and rolled along the goal-line).

“I might have to send the groundsman out to have a look at the post because that was unbelievable.”