Viv's flying now says Blackpool boss Bowyer

Viv Solomon-Otabor
Viv Solomon-Otabor

Blackpool’s Viv Solomon-Otabor has earned the praise of manager Gary Bowyer after a string of impressive displays.

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The winger, on loan from Birmingham City until the end of the season, is currently enjoying a spell of improved form for the Seasiders.

Bowyer has previously called on Solomon-Otabor to improve his end-product and that’s exactly what the 22-year-old did during Sunday’s 1-1 home draw against Peterborough United.

He latched on to Jimmy Ryan’s superb 40-yard crossfield ball in first-half injury time before skinning his man and providing the cross for Nathan Delfouneso to bundle home at the back post.

Bowyer said: “Jimmy has played the pass of the game. There are not that many on this pitch who could have played that ball out to Viv to set up our equaliser.

“For Viv, this is the first time he’s playing a full season like he’s doing now.

“At times he reminds me of one of the characters out of Kevin and Perry because it’s a bit hard for him at times, so we give him a bit of stick.

“But he’s doing ever so well and he’s just got to keep it going now.

“As for Jimmy, he’s had a tough run of it of late with niggles here and there, so he’s not had the consistency of games.

“But he was magnificent against Wigan Athletic and he’s now backed it up again against Peterborough.”

Blackpool named an unchanged side for Sunday’s game, having upset the odds to beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 in their previous game.

Bowyer admitted it was a difficult decision as the Seasiders could have done with some fresh legs after their tireless display at the DW Stadium.

He added: “You win after a fantastic performance away at the league leaders, but do you change the game for freshness? But we’ve had an extra day to recover, so people will be asking why the hell we’ve changed a winning team.

“For 40 minutes I was thinking ‘I should have changed the team’.

“But just before Nathan’s goal we had just come back into it a little bit. It certainly gave us a bit of a boost going in level at half time.

“Don’t forget, this is a Peterborough team that has spent a lot of money. You look at the firepower they have on their bench - they’re bringing on someone they paid a lot of money for in George Cooper from Crewe.

“Then there’s Omar Bogle, who we wanted to bring in on loan in January but we found out what it was about and decided we couldn’t afford that. So that was the end of that phone call. But we competed well.”