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Striker injuries sum up Blackpool's luck says Bowyer

Nathan Delfouneso netted Blackpool's equaliser'Picture: CAMERA SPORT
Nathan Delfouneso netted Blackpool's equaliser'Picture: CAMERA SPORT

Gary Bowyer says it is a case of what might have been for the Seasiders this season had certain factors gone their way.

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The Seasiders lost another two forwards to injury before and during their 1-1 draw with promotion- chasing Shrewsbury Town.
Top scorer Kyle Vassell, who has suffered another injury-plagued campaign, was all set to lead the line only to pull up with a hamstring strain in the warm-up.
He was forced to withdraw from the line-up and was replaced by Armand Gnanduillet, who also went on to injure his hamstring during the game. The Frenchman was replaced by Mark Cullen towards the end of Pool’s breathless last home game of the season.
The point leaves Blackpool in 12th place ahead of their final game of the campaign away to Rotherham United on Saturday evening.
Manager Bowyer revealed: “Kyle just felt his hamstring and he didn’t feel comfortable enough to play.
“I think if you actually look back at our season, which we’ll probably do next Saturday when we get back on the bus on the M62, it will be a ‘what if’ season.
“It will be a ‘what if’ Kyle Vassell had played more games? ‘What if’ he had been fit all season? It’s the same for Mark Cullen too.
“It was a similar injury for Armand (Gnanduillet) too with his hamstring, so we’ve lost two and that was disappointing for us.
“I’ve just looked at the league stats and it says we’ve played 45, won 15, drawn 15 and lost 15.
“We’ve obviously needed to have turned a couple of those draws into victories, but we haven’t been able to for whatever reason.
“It’s fine margins, it’s decisions, it’s all sorts.
“For their goal, there’s a head injury but the referee doesn’t stop the game. Then we’re attacking and one of their lads is down for a non-head injury and he stops the game.
“But that’s the decisions, but the other side of it is the injuries that have come in key areas for us.
“To win games you’ve got to score the goals but over the course of the season we’ve lost our first choice strikers for too long.
“You have to have some luck in this game. That’s with injuries and when you haven’t got the biggest of budgets, that’s even more important.
“As for the game, I don’t know how we haven’t won it.
“I’ve had a look at the stats in terms of the possession and amount of opportunities on goal. They’ve not had a corner all game and their goalie has had a fantastic game for them.
“So I’m a bit miffed at how we’ve not won it."