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Bowyer: See Off Teams

19 August 2016

Ruthless Streak Required, Says Manager

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool must become a little more ruthless in front of goal in order to see teams off in League Two.

The manager wants to see his side make the most of commanding positions, with solitary strikes against Morecambe and Barnet failing to secure all three points.

"The main thing with the ball has been the need to see off teams with the chances that we've created. We had a couple of great opportunities again the other night - when we were winning 1-0 - and we just needed to be a little more ruthless in that sense," Bowyer said. 

"In this league you're never going to be able to rest on a 1-0, you saw that the other night with the way that Barnet went about it. Credit to Barnet, they kept going and kept putting the ball in the box and never gave in. That's something for us to have seen and learn from and carry through ourselves.

"Without the ball there's still work to be done in that area as well. We need to press the ball a lot harder, collectively, and then there's our concentration levels."

A major plus point in recent matches has been the form of midfielder Brad Potts, who is finding his best form in a more advanced position.

The 22-year-old has scored two goals so far this season and has looked a real threat on the front foot.

"Going forward and playing forward is a big strength of his, and he's done very well with it," the manager admitted. "He's a threat going forward and he's created several chances. He should have more than the two goals that he's scored so far but we're delighted with how he's performing."

Blackpool face Wycombe Wanderers at Bloomfield Road in their latest fixture tomorrow and The Chairboys boss, Gareth Ainsworth, is another Bowyer rates highly.

He's done a fantastic job there and he continues to do that. They got a point against Accrington, who are a good team themselves, so we know that we're in for a tough challenge," he said. "It will be up to us to try and continue the good form we've produced here so far at Bloomfield Road."

The manager still has a number of injury concerns to contend with ahead of the game, though he remains hopeful that one or two absentees could return.    

"We're hoping one or two have made good progress this week and could come in to contention for Saturday's game. I'd still like to bring quite a few in to help the squad though because you've seen already, with only four missing, that it doesn't half stretch you."

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