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Bowyer: Cup Run Is Important

5 November 2016

Manager Looks For Side To Progress

Gary Bowyer wants his Blackpool side to go on a run in the Emirates FA Cup so that his players can test themselves as much as they can. 

The manager holds good memories of the competition, having been successful against some Premier League sides with Blackburn Rovers, while taking other top-flight clubs to replays. 

The Seasiders start round one by hosting National League North outfit Kidderminster Harriers and will look to deny the visitors pulling off a shock result themselves.  

"Personally my experiences of the FA Cup have been very enjoyable as a manager. At Blackburn we took Manchester City to a replay and then we got to the quarter-finals and we took Liverpool to a replay. My memories of the FA Cup are good, and have been ever since I was a kid watching it," Bowyer said. 

"The match gives us an opportunity to progress in the FA Cup, hopefully, and the ability then to go and test ourselves against higher opposition is what you want. We've had that this season with Crystal Palace and with playing against Bolton, so as a manager I think it's very important that we try and get a run in the FA Cup for that reason alone."

Kidderminster Harriers, managed by former Stoke City and Watford midfielder John Eustace, arrive at Bloomfield Road on the back of consecutive away victories and will prove testing first round opponents. 

"We've done our homework properly, as ever. We've been to watch Kidderminster and I went personally to see them the other week. In my opinion they're a good team, a strong team with some pace and power up-front. 

"It's going to be a good challenge but our home form, and the way that we're playing, is good. We've got to be right at it from minute one and go and stamp our authority on the game," the manager added.

Tickets for the match on Sunday, which kicks-off at 2pm, are priced at £13 for Adults, £8 for Over-60s and £2 for Under-19s.  

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