Gary Bowyer says last weekend’s break has put the Blackpool squad in good shape ahead of tomorrow’s match against Rotherham United.
Though the manager would have liked to have been in Emirates FA Cup action, the lack of a fixture has instead helped a number of players recover from injury in time to face The Millers.
“It came at the right time for us to be without a fixture in terms of our injuries. I’m pleased to say that we’ve got several that have recovered. Not having a game last week has helped us massively,” he said.
One of those players to return from injury is defender Clark Robertson, who managed 45 minutes against Mansfield Town in midweek.
“We’ve missed him, it’s as simple as that,” the manager admitted. “His composure and ability on the ball is paramount for how we want to play. His defending has improved massively throughout the time we’ve been here. He’s come through unscathed, so I’m delighted.”
Kyle Vassell is also pushing to be available for this game, while Curtis Tilt continues to be monitored in his efforts to be ready for action.
No matter the personnel selected, the key message from the manager is to continue playing out from the back and learn from past mistakes.
“We’ve got to go and play our game again and just cut out the individual errors. We’ve got to show what we’re doing is good this season.
“We’re young and we’re learning constantly, and with young players you will make mistakes. We’ve got to keep supporting them, keep backing them and keep encouraging them to do what we’ve been doing all season. We’re not going to change now, the style of play we want to play, because the players enjoy it in training and the players enjoy it on match day.”
Rotherham was where Gary Bowyer ended his playing career due to injury in 1997 and he expects a good test from the opposition.
“It was unfortunate that I ended my career there but I met some good people and some good lads there, like Chris Wilder who is managing Sheffield United now and Paul Hirst at Shrewsbury who is doing ever so well.
“They were a Championship side last season so they’re going to have quality throughout the team and strength in depth. If they don’t have the boy Moore playing because of suspension then that will be a big blow for them, but they’ll have the quality to cover for that.
“Hopefully we can go and put a performance on.”