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Bowyer: Replicate Previous Home Form

Manager Wants Another Strong Season At Bloomfield Road

11 August 2017

Gary Bowyer is looking for his Blackpool side to replicate the home form shown throughout last season when MK Dons come to town tomorrow.

The Seasiders were one of the top six sides in Sky Bet League Two for points amassed on home soil in 2016/17, while only Doncaster Rovers lost fewer games.

Though stepping back up a level, the manager is aiming for another good return from matches at Bloomfield Road.

“We proved that we were very difficult to beat, and we’ve got to do that again this season,” Bowyer said. “We played some great football here and scored some wonderful goals. We’ve just got to build on the last time we were here, which was a fabulous 3-2 win at home to Luton.”

The club’s campaign in Sky Bet League One officially kicked-off away to Bradford City last weekend and was followed by a midweek Carabao Cup meeting with Wigan Athletic. Both fixtures ended in defeat, however the manager is keen to stress that performances went without reward.

“We’ve had two very good performances but unfortunately we haven’t been able to convert those performances into results. From a foundation, a base where we’ve started, it’s been pleasing. .

“We’ve got to be buoyed by some of the comments you have from fellow managers after the games. Stuart McCall and Paul Cook, who are very, very knowledgeable people, will tell you how well we performed as well.

“We’ve got to keep believing in what we’re doing and how we’re going about it. We just need to make sure that we’re a little bit better in both boxes.”

The visitors, targeting a return to The Championship, have impressed with some of their transfer business this summer and will prove formidable opposition.

“We’ve got to do everything we’ve worked on this week in training and try and be as competitive as we can be against a very difficult team in MK Dons,” Bowyer said.

“It’s well documented the players they’ve brought in. To bring Tshibola and Ariyibi in from The Championship and two massive clubs in Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa shows the level they’re at in terms of resources. We’ve got to go and match that with our efforts and commitment.”

Kelvin Mellor, who has sat out the first two matches of the season, isn’t expected to return this weekend, yet could be back in action next week.    

“He’s back out on the grass. It wasn’t a bad one but it was obviously bad enough to miss the start of the season. We think Saturday might be too soon for him but we’re certainly hoping that he comes into contention next week for Doncaster away,” the manager added. 

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