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Bowyer: Push On Further

25 November 2016

Manager Previews Newport County Fixture

Gary Bowyer is looking for Blackpool to continue their ruthless streak at home and push on further in the league. 

The Seasiders host Newport County tomorrow having scored 10 goals in their last three matches at Bloomfield Road, and are also unbeaten in seven here.  

"I think a lot of it has been from the confidence in how we play and the belief that we create that many chances, and us being as clinical as we have been," the manager said. 

"10 goals in three games here has been a fantastic return from the players, but we know that we've got go and produce that again." 

A six-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at Mansfield in midweek, however the overall display highlighted a different side to Blackpool's game. 

"We knew that we could play football and we knew that we could create chances, and our football that we've played this season has been exciting," Bowyer said.

"There were questions of what we'd be like if we came up against teams where it's all about fighting for the balls, first and second, and what people would class as the ugly side of the game, though I don't class it as that. I thought we came out of that, it was a good test for us and we came out of it knowing that the players can compete. 

"We were disappointed with the result but we were two minutes from saying what a good away point that would have been. Obviously there's still lessons to learn from that, but they've shown me that they can compete because we've not had that physical challenge thrown at us too often. 

"However the players were feeling after the game, they've got to use that as motivation on Saturday because we've got a fabulous record here at home and we want to keep that going and push on further."

The visitors this weekend returned to the bottom of the table in midweek, though Graham Westley has picked up some good results since taking charge.   

"He's been in a while now so it's not the newness that we faced on Tuesday, but up until Tuesday night they were on an unbeaten run. 

"The league is a crazy league, you only have to look at the league table and you see that people are changing places in the play-off positions, at the bottom and in mid-table. It's one of those leagues this season that is going to take a long time to settle down."

Blackpool's major decision for the game centres on the fitness of Kyle Vassell, but Bowyer is confident he'll shake off a knock in time to feature.   

"The decision was made that Tuesday was too soon for him but we're confident that he'll be available," he added. 



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