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Bowyer: Keep At It

7 October 2016

Manager Looks For Side To Add Final Piece

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool must stick to their attacking principles and play their way to the right results in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Seasiders are yet to reap the full rewards from their performance levels this season but have shown their capabilities in victories over Exeter City, Yeovil Town and Portsmouth. 

Ahead of facing Cambridge United this weekend, the message from the manager is clear - keep at it and add a ruthless streak. 

"We've got to continue with the football that we're playing, the way that we're going from box-to-box is impressive. It is just that last bit, that final piece again," Bowyer said.

"We've got to keep the belief and keep playing the way we're playing and just work on that final, last piece. At the other end we need to make sure that we shut up shop completely. 

"The emphasis is on how we're playing and how we're going to play, and trying to learn the lessons that are being cruelly taught to us at this moment in time." 

The visitors arrive on the back of a four-game winning run in all competitions, which highlights the benefits of persevering with a way of doing things. 

"That's full credit to the manager, Shaun Derry. He stuck with it and they probably did exactly what we're doing, in the sense of all you can do is keep working hard on the training field. We're waiting for our time now to change it and hopefully we can go on a run that is similar to Cambridge's."

The only club outside of the top six with a positive goal difference, the onus remains on Blackpool to score more in order to secure victories on a regular basis in the division.

However, the burden doesn't just fall on the club's strikers to add to the tally, as the manager looks for his backline to chip in.  

"I'd like the contribution to come from defenders as well, there's Kelvin Mellor that's scored but that's it from the defenders at the moment. It's a team game, we defend as a team and we attack as a team. 

"We've got to start being more ruthless, it's as simple as that." 

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