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Bowyer: Care On The Ball

14 October 2016

Manager Looks Ahead To Accrington Fixture

Gary Bowyer has called on his side to be a little more patient with the ball ahead of the game against Accrington Stanley tomorrow. 

The Seasiders are enjoying plenty of possession in games this season and came up against some stern resilience against Cambridge United last weekend. 

Although the team kept plugging away and got their rewards, the manager has stressed the need to be calm but effective in the final third.   

"On reflection of the game from Saturday you look at how we performed with the ball and yes, we had a lot of it and dominated the game but we didn't cut them open enough in the second-half. In the first-half we did do that and created chances," Bowyer said.   

"It's how we want to play, we want to be dominant with the ball and get more chances. They're going about it the right way, it's just a bit more patience that's needed and that care in the final pass that we've spoken about."

The opposition themselves are renowned for their own attacking style and Accrington boss John Coleman, now in his second stint with the club, is someone that Bowyer believes is deserving of more recognition for the job he continues to do at the Wham Stadium.  

"It's another example of clubs higher up in The Championship ignoring what a great job he's done there - both times that he's been there," he said.

"He's had time there to put his philosophy on the club and how they play, and that's important that you get given that time to do that. You can see the rewards of it. 

"They had some fabulous players last season that left because they develop them and do it the right way. Now he's got some more in this season and they've continued to do the same. 

"They play the game the right way, they want to play football and it'll be a great footballing game on Saturday." 

Bowyer's own football philosophy has been evident from day one at Bloomfield Road and with more time the right results will follow performances.  

"It's going to take time, for sure. The players are still learning and adjusting and I'm happy with the inroads that we've made, but we're only two and a half months into a season so there's still a lot of work to be done," he admitted.

"Our supporters have been very good with us and very patient themselves. I think that comes from them seeing what we're trying to do and how we're going about it. They were very supportive on Saturday, right to the end."

Blackpool go into this match buoyed by the fighting spirit on show against Cambridge, which highlighted the specific qualities required when the chips are down.   

"We've got to go there and be as positive as we were last week, play our own game and create those chances again that we've been doing in games, and show the care in the final third to actually go and convert the chances. 

"The big message from Saturday was the fact that we kept going until the end. To score as late as we did shows the spirit that the group's got and the belief in themselves. That was important because at the moment it hasn't quite been dropping for us, but they didn't give in and that's a great trait to have," Bowyer added.

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