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Bowyer: Now On To The Real Stage

30 July 2016

Manager Reflects On Final Pre-Season Run Out

Gary Bowyer was happy to round off pre-season with a 1-1 draw against Bury and can't wait for the real league action to get underway now.

The manager watched his Blackpool side maintain an unbeaten run in the build up to the new campaign, with a late goal from Brad Potts cancelling out an effort from Kelvin Etuhu.

"I thought it was another worthwhile game for us, it was a good team we were playing against in Bury and they provide you with a tough task. I thought we acquitted ourselves very well against them," he said.

The goal from Potts was his first since switching out to the right of midfield under the manager, where it's hoped he will flourish.

"We've played him in that position since the start of pre-season and he has that ability to make those runs, and he's dangerous with it.

"I thought it was a fabulous ball from young Rowan and I thought it showed a maturity from Brad Potts from last season in that he stayed in the game from a mindset point of view. It was a great finish from him."

Blighted by injuries in the countdown to the new season, it was illness that kept another two players out of the side today and allowed other individuals to step up and perform. 
 
"We had rotten luck this morning with Danny Philliskirk and Danny Pugh phoning in ill but we're better off having that this weekend and not next weekend. What it has shown is that when we have to call on people, they're more than capable of putting a case forward for why they should be starting week in, week out. That's healthy competition, which is what I've wanted since the moment I've come in," the manager admitted. 

On the plus side, Clark Robertson and Mark Cullen got valuable minutes off the bench and Henry Cameron made a long awaited return after a lengthy period on the sidelines.

"We're delighted for Henry because he's had a tough time with his injury - it's been about eight months out - so it was great to get him on the pitch, and I thought he showed glimpses. To have Cully back and Clark back was an added bonus as well because they've missed some part of pre-season."

All the focus now switches to a league opener at home to Exeter City next Saturday, as Blackpool look to bounce back from the disappointment of last season.  

"I'm not a fan of pre-season but fortunately that's it now and we're entering the real stage," Bowyer added.

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