Gary Bowyer Admits Blackpool Frustration Despite Gillingham Win
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer admitted a sense of frustration over his side’s performance against Gillingham despite picking up a 3-0 win. The Seasiders dominated the proceedings during the first period and goals from Kyle Vassell and Nathan Delfouneso saw them secure a 2-0 lead prior to the interval.
However, following the break, Jay Spearing failed to convert a penalty to finish the game and this offered Gillingham the initiative to put pressure, though they could not capitalise in the form of a goal. Eventually, the game was put to bed by substitute Kelvin Mellor in the 83rd minute but Bowyer felt his players could have killed the match much earlier.
He said: “It shouldn’t have been as hard as we made it. First half I enjoyed watching us, second half it was painful - and it shouldn’t have been. But that’s the first time since 2010 I think that a team of Blackpool’s has won four on a trot, so we’ll try and recover well and make it five next week. At the end of the day, we’ve scored three away from home and kept a clean sheet, so I’m obviously delighted. “But we could have made it a lot easier for ourselves.”
Despite the away win, Blackpool is no longer in contention for the playoffs, and they can seek to end the season on a high in order to push for potential promotion next term. The top two positions in the League One are very decided with Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers having moved clear andShrewsbury Town now have to contend with a place in the playoffs.
Judging by the significant points difference between Shrewsbury and sixth-placed Scunthorpe United, the former should be considered favourites to progress via the playoffs, but as seen in the past, the knockout stage is usually associated with form and plenty of luck, which often proves the defining factor in the game.