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Bowyer Happy With Squad Adaptability

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017

Formation Options Please Manager

Gary Bowyer says the adaptability of his Blackpool squad has allowed him to experiment to great effect with formations this season. 

The manager has utilised a number of systems in matches to date, with a 3-5-2 and midfield diamond offering plenty of versatility. 

The latest tactical switch saw the team operate with wing-backs and the diamond at Doncaster Rovers on Monday and it has provided further food for thought. 

"I knew I was always going to go with that formation at Doncaster and the players carried it off, after the first 10, 12 minutes of getting used to it, well. It gives me the confidence that if I feel that we need to play that in the remaining three games, we can do," Bowyer said. 

"Generally speaking, it's not something that throughout my coaching time I've really experimented with. We've found different ways to combat teams this year and give us advantages, and one of the ways has obviously been with different formations. That's credit to the players that we've got here, that they can adjust and carry it out. It'll make it interesting for Saturday now."

The manager hopes to welcome Kyle Vassell back from injury in time for tomorrow's game, while Jack Payne is expected to shrug off the back problem he sustained at the Keepmoat. Jamille Matt is definitely out with the hamstring pull he played on with in the same game. 

"He went for a scan and he's going to be missing for a couple of weeks," he confirmed. "We wish him a speedy recovery because the sacrifice he made was immense to the group." 

Cheltenham arrive at Bloomfield Road on the back of a four match unbeaten run, with assistant boss Russell Milton currently overseeing things in the absence of Gary Johnson, who is recovering from heart surgery. 

"The most important thing, first and foremost, is that the manager's well and good. It brings everything in to perspective," Bowyer said. 

"Russell has took over and I think he's done well for them, they've had a change of formation and picked up some good points on the road as well. We're aware of what's going to lie ahead and we've got to be ready for that."