Manager Happy With Work On Training Ground
Gary Bowyer has relished having some extra time on the training ground with his squad ahead of tomorrow's match at Colchester United.
The lack of a midweek fixture for the first time this season has allowed the manager to exert more influence on his side and develop patterns of play.
"We've really worked the players hard, and we haven't really had that opportunity in August because of the Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday scenario that we were faced with," Bowyer explained.
"Any manager will tell you that going Saturday to Saturday gives you a great opportunity to prepare. We're still a new team that's learning about each other and getting together, so the time that we've spent on the grass has been decent."
The Seasiders head to Essex on the back of their biggest win of the season so far against Yeovil Town, with clinical finishing the difference from previous games.
"All along we've been saying our performance levels have been decent and we've been talking about being ruthless more in the opposition's box, and I think we showed that last Saturday. It was great that the likes of Colin Daniel can get on the score sheet as well," the manager said.
Defensively, last season's centre-back pairing of Tom Aldred and Clark Robertson has been complemented by the arrivals of Kelvin Mellor and Andy Taylor.
"I'm really pleased with how they've gelled, to be honest. They're working ever so hard to try and maintain what they've set out and the standards that they've set, and also to get better and improve.
"We've kept three clean sheets and if we can go and do that on Saturday it gives us a great chance."
The home side, now managed by ex-U's under-21 boss John McGreal, sit two points above Blackpool in the table, having won three and drawn one of their opening six games.
"John has been at the club a long time, which helps. The players that were already there will know him and having watched them, they look an impressive outfit. They're organised and we know it's going to be a good challenge.
"They're good going forward but both the games that we've watched we've picked out areas which hopefully our forwards can exploit as well."