Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer: A win is around the corner

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer: A win is around the corner

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer is convinced that an overdue victory is just around the corner after a late equaliser earned his men a 1-1 draw against Cambridge.

A stoppage-time free-kick from Andy Taylor snatched a point for the Seasiders after an even better free-kick from Luke Berry had given the U's a first-half lead.

Blackpool's winless run is now at three games in all competitions, while they have also triumphed in just one of their last seven clashes, but Bowyer cannot fault his players' determination.

"It was frustrating," said Bowyer. "The first 20 minutes we started ever so well and their goalie has made a wonderful save from Kyle Vassell.

"And then we find ourselves one goal down to a wonder strike. We get a penalty, we miss the penalty which is how it's going for us at the moment.

"But I feel the players showed an enormous amount of character and spirit.

"When you are having spells like this where you are playing well and you are creating chances - you can feel sorry for yourselves and go under but our lads kept going. They went right to the end.

"Fair play to our players - we got the equaliser that we fully deserved. The minimum we deserved was a point.

"The players keep grinding it out. Sooner or later, because of the nature of it, it turns. And we are ready for the turn."

After Berry's opener, Blackpool had numerous chances to equalise - the best of which saw Danny Philliskirk's penalty saved by Will Norris after Harrison Dunk's handball.

Norris saved two late spot-kicks to earn Cambridge a win against Accrington last weekend and boss Shaun Derry would not trade his goalkeeper for anyone.

He explained: "What can you say about Will? He's right on top of his game at the moment.

"It was a fantastic save from the penalty. I said it last week, I'll say it this week - I think we've got the best No.1 in the division."

The draw came after four consecutive wins for the U's and Derry acknowledged it was a case of mixed emotions.

"It was always going to be a tough game," he added. "Blackpool have got a good home record, some good players and a good manager at the helm.

"But I'm disappointed with the manner in which we conceded. I'm not sure if it was a foul but it ends up being a free-kick on the edge of our box and I think we could have managed the situation a little bit better in terms of organising to get a bigger wall in.

"I'm picking a bit because it was a really disciplined performance against a good side.

"We defended really well. We could have got our fifth win on the bounce, so we're slightly disappointed, but it's five unbeaten and the run continues."


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