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Bowyer: We'll Make Changes

Manager On Tonight's Carabao Cup Tie

8 August 2017

Gary Bowyer says he will make changes to his side for tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at Wigan Athletic, as he looks to utilise his full squad.

The manager has numerous players determined to get their first competitive minutes of the season and make an impression, including a few summer arrivals.

Split squads in pre-season highlighted the options available for selection, with places in the eleven for the next league fixture up for grabs.

“We’ll make changes,” Bowyer admitted. “I’ve got to look at the squad and allow them the opportunity to stake a claim for the game on Saturday against MK Dons.”

Despite making changes, the objective to win the tie and progress to the next round of the competition remains the same.

“Whether playing football or cricket, I was always brought up to want to win and this tie will be no different,” he said. “We had a terrific result against Bolton in the first round last season and then had the opportunity to test ourselves against Crystal Palace.”

Blackpool’s opponents are under new management this season, with former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook looking to lead a promotion push back to The Championship.

“I’m a big admirer of Paul Cook and his assistant Leam Richardson because they play the game the right way and build attractive teams to watch.

“They’ve just come out of The Championship and have a wonderful squad. It’s going to present a challenge for us but we’ve got to take the positives from our performance against Bradford and apply them to this game,” Bowyer added.

Blackpool supporters making the trip to Wigan this evening are asked to make note of northbound M6 roadworks affecting the journey home. For further information, please click here

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