Manager Reflects On First Half Of Season
Gary Bowyer says he's 'relatively pleased' with how Blackpool's season has progressed so far, though he'll be pushing for further improvement in 2017.
The Seasiders bring the current year to a close at Grimsby Town on New Year's Eve, having already faced the other 22 sides in the division.
In that time the manager has overseen nine league victories and guided the club to the third round stages of the Emirates FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy.
"We're relatively pleased with how it's gone, but I think there's still a lot more to come from us," he admitted. "If I look back on the year and some of the games that we lost, we shouldn't have lost those games.
"But overall, following on from what's happened in the last couple of years at the club, we seem to be heading in the right direction. It's going to take time, that's for sure."
A big improvement in recent weeks has been the club's results away from home, with the team winning three of their last four league games on the road.
"We're only 22 league games in and that's not a lot of time to build relationships to the level that you want to get to, but we're getting there.
"The last two away from home have been good performances in different circumstances - Stevenage and the battling qualities that we showed there and the one against Hartlepool because of the conditions."
Tomorrow's game at Blundell Park will be swiftly followed by a home fixture against Mansfield Town on Monday. Should the manager need to make changes, he has no qualms in doing so given the strength of his squad.
"It's a challenge and it's one we're really looking forward to, and we're fortunate that we've got the squad. I would be comfortable with any team we pick going into these next two games because of the quality that we possess."
Given the way the squad has come to the fore in recent weeks, any potential move in the January transfer window will only materialise if a certain type of player becomes available.
"The only player I will be interested in signing is anybody who is better than what we've got," Bowyer stressed. "If we haven't got that option, it doesn't bother me because I'm more than happy to go with what we've got so far. That's been proved again against Hartlepool - the people that came in did ever so well and took their opportunity."
Just Mark Yeates (calf) remains sidelined ahead of the weekend, with Colin Daniel pushing for a return after sitting out the last five matches.