Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer has said he is fuming at his side’s shocking performance after they were beaten 4-1 by Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.

Gary Bowyer was left far from impressed by Bradford City’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of Blackpool.

Tangerines striker Armand Gnanduillet put his side 1-0 up in the first half. Five minutes after the break Matthew Virtue-Thick doubled Blackpool’s lead and Gnanduillet bagged a second with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Chris Taylor made it 4-0 from close range after 80 minutes and Bradford could only score a 92nd-minute consolation through David Ball. The defeat means the Bantams remain at the foot of the League One table, six points away from safety.

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After the game, manager Gary Bowyer spoke to the Telegraph and Argus, stating that he was “fuming”.

“I’m fuming at parts of the performance, the result and the manner of the goals.

“I didn’t think there was much in the game first half. We had a couple of opportunities when we should have taken shots but didn’t and wanted an extra touch.

“We talked about stopping crosses and marking the big lad, who’s 6ft 4in and has got silly blond dyed hair. He’s quite easy to locate when he’s in the penalty box. But we didn’t and left him free for the first goal.

“We got a reaction straight after half-time. Lewis O’Brien has his shot which the keeper saves and Jacob Butterfield drags his wide.

“Then we have an opportunity to shoot again on the edge of the box but don’t do that. It gets dispossessed, they go down the other end, the lad smacks it and it flies in – which is really disappointing.”

Bowyer went on to discuss Eoin Doyle’s penalty miss, which he said would have changed the game.

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“We come back again and get the penalty,” he added.

“That’s a big moment – if that goes in, it changes the game. But it didn’t and then it seemed to suck the life out of us. I didn’t like what I saw after that.”


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