Lewis: I couldn’t celebrate our goal

Blackpool's Joe Lewis
Blackpool's Joe Lewis
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Joe Lewis was delighted to see Blackpool battle back to earn a point at Rotherham on Saturday but the keeper was in no mood to celebrate the equaliser.

A howler from Lewis’ opposite number Adam Collin gifted Steven Davies the easiest of tap-ins to earn what could be a huge point for the Seasiders.

Jordan Bowery had put the Millers ahead on 78 minutes but Collin’s error resulted in a 1-1 scoreline.

Lewis said: “As happy as I was for us to score I didn’t really celebrate our goal.

“I never do when another goalkeeper makes a mistake. We’ve all been there as every keeper makes errors.

“Unfortunately it was his turn on Saturday but I’m pleased we could get a point.

“They call it the keeper’s union. We are all on the same wavelength.

“Being a keeper is sometimes almost like a different sport. We train differently and play differently, so you sympathise when you see something like that.”

The result keeps Pool bottom of the Championship and 10 points from safety, but Lewis thinks the best way for Pool to get out of trouble is to forget they are in it.

He explained: “We sort of think we have to get three points every game, but I think it’s important we judge every game on its merits and take what we can from each one.

“We wanted to win on Saturday and felt we could have won, but it didn’t work out like that. The wins come when you least expect them and we don’t need to be worrying about catching up.

“Otherwise we’ll be playing gung-ho all the time and I’ll be up for every corner. We can close the gap without worrying about it too much.

“A defeat on Saturday would have been a major blow, especially after going behind so late in the game. I think we showed a lot of character.

“Until they scored I thought we were putting on a fair bit of pressure, but they caught us on the counterattack.”

Lewis, who is on a season-long loan from Cardiff, has been one of Pool’s best players this season but is yet to experience a win at the club.

He was unable to play in the only match Pool have won this season because it was against his parent club back in October.

And while Saturday’s draw does little to ease Pool’s predicament, the keeper left the New York Stadium pleased.

“I think when you go 1-0 down so late you have to be happy with a draw. I think it was a good away point.”