Gary Bowyer continues to be buoyed by the way his new-look squad is adapting to the demands of Sky Bet League One.
The manager, having made 14 new signings this summer, is seeing improvement week on week from his players, with four points being taken from the last two matches.
“We’ve got a young, energetic team with plenty of enthusiasm, but we’ve also got the qualities to produce moments like you saw last week. That’s good for the future,” he said.
“There’s 14 new players in the group and a lot of them are young. They’re getting better week in, week out at training and adapting to the new league that we’re in.”
Oldham Athletic, the visitors to Bloomfield Road tomorrow, have competed at League One level now for 21 consecutive seasons, with the last two campaigns resulting in dramatic survivals in the division.
“It’s a credit to the manager, John Sheridan, who has gone in a couple of times and saved them when they were dead and buried and relegated near enough. He’s pulled them out twice, and it just shows you the level of challenge we have to face on Saturday,” Bowyer said.
“It’s not going to be an easy game and they’re going to come here looking to win. We’ve got to be right, we’ve got to defend properly and make sure that we produce the football that we’ve done so far this season.”
Blackpool’s last outing at Bloomfield Road saw the players record a 1-0 victory against MK Dons.
“There wasn’t much wrong with that performance, other than converting chances. That’s something we’ve worked on and we’ve got to keep improving.”