Gary Bowyer left frustrated by Blackpool's draw with Carlisle

Gary Bowyer left frustrated by Blackpool's draw with Carlisle

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer refused to be downcast despite seeing his side ship two goals against Carlisle before rescuing a 2-2 draw.

The Seasiders were the better side for the opening 45 minutes but still found themselves two goals behind thanks to goals from Charlie Wyke and Michael Raynes.

Blackpool pulled one back when Kyle Vassell nodded home before Armand Gnanduillet claimed the equaliser.

Boss Bowyer preferred to concentrate on the spirit and passion shown by his side but still called for defensive improvements.

"I feel like Bill Murray from Groundhog Day," he said. "The overriding emotion is one of frustration and disappointment.

"I thought we were outstanding first half, the chances we created and the way that we played was terrific. To go in 0-0 was frustrating.

"Then you look at their first goal and you think 'well that's just the way it's going for us at the moment'.

"But we can't feel sorry for ourselves, I've said that to them, and they haven't felt sorry for themselves today.

"They've gone 2-0 down but they've kept going and kept believing. Huge pride in fighting qualities and spirit but frustration we haven't got three points.

"Getting the first goal back at that time was important. We are scoring good goals and conceding soft ones.

"When they went 2-0 up, they would have been delighted because we were dominant first half and should have been out of sight. The chances in that first half were unbelievable.

"It was a terrific performance from the lads but we've got to stop giving these goals away. We've scored four goals in the last two games and only got one point so that's what we need to keep working on. We have to piece it all together now."

Carlisle boss Keith Curle said: "(It was a) proper second division game of football, not the prettiest at times, the ball being put into a dangerous area, or should I say lumped into the box. It was one of those.

"First half I thought our shape looked wrong, we were too open and expansive - trying to play in the wrong areas.

"So we needed half-time to come. Mark Gillespie kept us in the game first half with two excellent saves and that might have been the little bit of luck that we needed.

"Second half we changed the impetus and the focus and we had a good foothold in the game. We looked dangerous and worthy of being two goals up. We were comfortable and had a chance to make it three.

"In the end we came off the pitch at 2-2. With 15 minutes to go I was thinking we will take the point now. Their manager would have taken anything out of the game at 2-0 to us.

"So there's a frustration but the pleasing thing is coming away from home, looking at the resources that Blackpool have got, we've come here and competed very well."


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