Professional Blackpool please Bowyer

Blackpool celebrate their second goal by Brad Potts
Blackpool celebrate their second goal by Brad Potts
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Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer praised his side’s professionalism as they avoided a cup shock with a 2-0 home win over Kidderminster Harriers.

The Seasiders won in the FA Cup for the first time since 2011-12 as two first-half goals saw off the National League North side at Bloomfield Road.

Bowyer’s men weren’t at their best but did what was required as they eased through to the second round.

The manager said: “We’re just happy to be through. You’re on a hiding to nothing as a Football League club against a non-league side. We’ve won and people will say, ‘So what?”

After a cagey start, the deadlock was broken when Jamille Matt nodded home against his former side on 27 minutes.

Brad Potts extended Pool’s advantage 10 minutes later with a looping volley after the ball had ricocheted back to him.

Bowyer’s men saw out the second half without keeper Sam Slocombe ever being seriously tested.

The Pool boss added: “Our players deserve an enormous amount of credit because they were very professional.

“To keep a clean sheet, not chase the game and not to be ill-disciplined is great.

“Getting more clean sheets will give us a greater chance of winning games because we do score goals and create plenty of chances. That’s certainly the big aim for us.”

Striker Matt, who hobbled off with a hip injury after netting his first goal for the club, drew praise from his manager for his perseverance in front of goal.

“I was delighted for Jamille and it’s ironic his first goal has come against the team he started with,” Bowyer said.

“But he’s been working ever so hard, and it’s just a bit disappointing he got a bang and had to come off.

“It’s just an impact knock on the top of his hip, but it should settle down and he should be fine.”

Kidderminster battled bravely but were unable to cause Blackpool too many problems.

Bowyer added: “I thought they played the game the right way and I knew they would be a difficult opponent.

“We stressed that to our players and full credit to them. It was set up for a potential shock today, with the game being moved to a Sunday, but our players were very professional.

“We were ruthless and clinical, and we took our opportunities ever so well.

“I thought we set traps and the second goal was a great example of that. There were two good finishes as well.”

The draw for the second round is scheduled to take place at Southport FC’s Haig Avenue at around 7.10pm tonight, ahead of their televised tie with Fleetwood.

Blackpool will be number 40 in the draw and Southport/ Fleetwood number six.