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Striker Poser For Bowyer

16 September 2016

Manager Set To Welcome Back Forward Options

Gary Bowyer has a welcome selection headache when it comes to selecting his forward options for the game against Carlisle United tomorrow. 

The manager has five of his six strikers available for the first time this season, with Jamille Matt and Mark Cullen following Danny Philliskirk in returning to full training. 

The added firepower will no doubt aid the team's need to finish games off and capitalise on prolonged periods of possession.  

"I might be coming up with a new formation to fit them all in," Bowyer joked. "In all seriousness it's what I've wanted, I've wanted the competition for places, with the strikers especially.  

"If you look at how we've been playing and the way we've been playing, the performances, if there is to be an extra demand put on them it's that we've got to be converting the chances that we've created, and hammering home our advantage when we have been dominating for large periods of the game."

The additional options available tomorrow will make the overall selection of the 18-man squad interesting, with the manager looking for the right reaction from those disappointed.  

"The big message to the players is that if you've got the shirt, keep the shirt. At the same time, the people that are out of the team have got to show me on a day-to-day basis that they're fighting to get in there. If I don't see that attitude during the week then it just makes my job a little easier come team selection."

Content with various aspects of Blackpool's play, the manager is determined to develop a style of football that is entertaining to watch and that will achieve the right results this season.   

"I've been pleased with the performances, it's just the big message of being ruthless at both ends of the pitch," he said. "For example, if you look at our first goal against Colchester on Saturday we've gone from one end of the pitch to the other end of the pitch without the opposition touching the ball. We mixed the game up, there was some good, short passing, a lovely little diagonal pass, a though ball and a wonderful finish. 

"I'm pleased with the signs that we're seeing, obviously it's a results industry and we've got to just keep going through the process of how we're playing and sooner or later get our rewards for it."

Bowyer only has to look at tomorrow's opponents Carlisle United to see a familiar approach, with manager Keith Curle celebrating two years in charge.  

"He's been there for two years now and been given time to implement a way of playing, recruitment and developing a culture there. That's something we're in the infancy here of doing," he admitted. 

"The way that the players behave and the way that they're going about training every day, it's really good when you get somebody that hasn't seen your group come and watch training and feed back that everybody is working very hard and giving their all, which is a minimum that's required here."  

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