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Pleased with second half performance

24 July 2016

Manager Owen Coyle was pleased with Rovers' dominant second-half display at Blackpool on Saturday.

Having been put through their paces at Brockhall during the week, Rovers were slow to get going at Bloomfield Road and fell behind to Kyle Vassell's deflected 19th-minute strike.

However, after Ben Marshall equalised with a deflected strike of his own on the stroke of half-time, Rovers kicked on after the break, creating numerous chances and enjoying plenty of possession.

Shane Duffy and Danny Graham both went close with headers late on, leaving Coyle content with what he saw in the seaside sunshine. 

"I thought it was a great workout again," said the Rovers boss.

"We knew it would be a tough game, as it always is when you're playing local teams, but I thought the lads worked ever so hard.

"We purposely worked them really hard this week, with the Rochdale game during the week, and then physically we had a really demanding day on Thursday, so we knew they would be a wee bit heavy-legged, but I was pleased with the character that they showed.

"Probably in the first half that's what happened, but in the second half we totally controlled the game, as we would expect to do. 

"I thought we saw a lot of good attitudes. Second half, with all due respect, was night and day. It was such a dominant performance, but credit to Blackpool because I thought they did really well.

"With Gary (Bowyer) here now, there was always going to be a bit of added spice and he was going to have them fired up, which is great, because that's the kind of test you want.

"We went behind to a deflection, but then Ben pops up and it's probably a similar deflection. Second half we had numerous chances to get a goal. I thought Danny had won it at the end with his header from Benno's cross and big Shane as well, who always seems to get on the end of things. We just need those to hit the back of the net. 

"So there was lots to be pleased about in the second period more than the first, but the important thing was we get everybody the minutes that they need and we did that again, so overall it was a wonderful and very worthwhile exercise.   

"We had great support here again. They were vocal, they got behind the team, they were colourful and singing away, so I think they had a good afternoon as well."

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