Three fabulous goals but still we didn't win, says Blackpool boss
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer was left to reflect on the positives and negatives after Saturday's 3-3 draw at Doncaster Rovers.
A match which did little for the heart rates of either coaching staff saw the Seasiders equalise on three occasions at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Sean Longstaff, Oli Turton and Callum Cooke all scored superb goals for the visitors, while in contrast, Rovers’ second and third goals could be put down to some indifferent defending.
As for the first, there was little Ryan Allsop could do after Tommy Rowe’s shot struck the bar and rebounded into the net off his back.
Adding further salt to the wound, that came after Blackpool striker Mark Cullen had been played through, only to hurt his hamstring and be forced into an early exit.
When asked afterwards if his side should have had three points after scoring three times away from home, Bowyer joked: “You must have me bugged!
“That’s exactly what we said to the players after praising them for their character, their effort and their quality.
“We scored three fabulous goals, they really were.
“We didn’t start very well because Doncaster are a good team as I said last week when they beat Blackbur. It didn’t surprise me because of how they play with the diamond.
“There was a bit of confusion between one or two caused by the quality, which you have to give credit for.
“Their lad (Tommy Rowe) hits a wonder strike which hits the back of Ryan. Before that Mark is clean through and you’re thinking that luck isn’t entirely with us.
“The response, though –the first goal from Sean was a wonderful strike, an absolutely wonderful strike.
“Then we gifted them the second goal in my opinion. We had several chances to clear it and there might have been a foul in the build-up.
“It was debatable whether it was a free-kick but there were one or two instances where people were throwing themselves to the ground a little bit too easily.
“Our second goal was a fantastic bit of individual play from Oliver Turton.
“He’s had a great schooling at Crewe and we’ve seen him do that against us last season, but it’s important that other people contribute goals.
“Clark (Robertson) is maturing as a player. He’s been impressive and I thought he was again today. But for their third goal he has put his hand up straight away and said, ‘My fault’.
“That happens with defenders but it’s a fantastic response – they haven’t touched the ball from the kick-off.
“It’s a great run, a great set-up and a wonderful finish from Callum – a great team goal to cap two individual goals.”
Cooke was the first-half replacement for Cullen, who will be checked today to determine the severity of his hamstring problem.
Bowyer said: “It’s disappointing because he looked sharp and the build-up had great movement.
“We will assess it on Monday but it’s fair to say he will be missing for a couple of weeks which is disappointing.”