REACTION: Players deserve all the credit, says Bowyer

Gary Bowyer applauds the Blackpool fans at the end of the match
Gary Bowyer applauds the Blackpool fans at the end of the match

Gary Bowyer says his Blackpool players deserve all the credit for their shock 2-0 win against title favours Wigan Athletic.

The Seasiders defied the form book to pick up a vital three points to take them up to 17th in the league table, four points ahead of the League One dropzone.

Armand Gnanduillet gave them the perfect start when he scored inside three minutes, before Kelvin Mellor doubled the lead before the interval.

Bowyer's men held on superbly in the second half to pick up their first win in six.

“The lads were outstanding, absolutely outstanding, and they had a terrific backing," Bowyer said.

“It’s a cold Tuesday night but the away support were brilliant for us and we gave them something to cheer about.

“We got off to a wonderful start but we knew what we were going to be in for; a tough night against a quality team.

“But our organisation, our game plan, the effort from the players, the discipline and the desire were all first class.

“The players deserve all the credit. We can only advise them how to set up but they’ve got to go and carry it out. They certainly did that.

“It’s obvious, isn’t it? Get an early goal, third or fourth minute or whatever it was, then to go and get a second one was great.

“We always looked threatening when we put the ball in the box.

“It gave us something to hold onto and to come here and keep a clean sheet is an unbelievable effort.

“It’s not often we’ve been two goals ahead so we were in new territory.

“From the goalkeeper, for someone so young it was great to see the manner in which he kept coming and collecting those balls.

“The back four have taken some stick and committed some errors of late and it’s cost us, so to come here and keep a clean sheet will do them ever so good.

“I thought everybody just ran their socks off."

Bowyer revealed Kyle Vassell, who was missing from Pool's squad, was being rested ahead of Sunday's match against Peterborough United.

In his post-match interview, Bowyer also revealed goalkeeping coach Dave Timmins is set to leave the club to take on a manager’s role in Sweden.

Third choice goalkeeper Ben Williams will take on the job until the end of the season.