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Bowyer: We've Recovered Well

26 August 2016

Squad In Good Shape

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool have recovered well from their midweek to Crystal Palace and will be in good shape for the visit of Plymouth Argyle tomorrow.

The manager has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the fixture, which is testament to the fitness schedule the players work from at Bloomfield Road this season.

"There's no fresh injuries, we've recovered well again and that's credit to Dan (Fitness Coach) and Phil (Physio) in terms of the recovery strategies that are in place," he said.

"I think you saw that last week after the Barnet game, we finished the game ever so strongly against Wycombe and looked fresh and fit."

On the subject of fitness, Bowyer hopes to be in a position to welcome back at least one of Danny Philliskirk, Jamille Matt or Kyle Vassell to the squad this weekend.

"All three of them are certainly getting closer and we're hopeful that we might have one back for Saturday," he confirmed.

The return of strike options will be a welcome selection headache for the manager, while the midfield area has further competition following the arrival of Jack Payne. 

"When we first came it was an area we felt we needed to strengthen and we've done that with Danny Pugh, Michael Cain and now Jack who gives us that extra bit of competition. Jack's got a long throw as well, which is a vital weapon in this league in particular."

The match against The Pilgrims will be Blackpool's seventh this month, with the quick turnaround in between fixtures limiting time on the training ground. 

"We're still a new team learning about each other and obviously with the arrival of Jack, that's somebody else we've got to learn about. It's difficult because the time on the grass isn't enough to get everything across so we're having to do it in games, on videos and in recovery sessions at the moment.

"The performances, in terms of the battling qualities we've shown recently and again on Tuesday against a tough team in Crystal Palace, have been pleasing. We've got to do that and add more to our game with the football."

Plymouth came within one good result of promotion to League One back in May and will prove stern opposition for Blackpool under Derek Adams, who has now spent a year in charge at Home Park. 

"He's established his philosophy on the club and how they go about and play. I've watched them on the video and they're a good team. They missed out narrowly last season from being in League One so we know the challenge it's going to be."

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