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Bowyer: Find A Way

17 February 2017

Manager Looks Ahead To Latest Home Game

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool must find a way to break down stubborn opposition at Bloomfield Road, in order to chalk up victories on home soil again.  

The Seasiders have been left to settle for a point apiece in their last three league outings here, with visiting sides setting up to frustrate the club's attacking threats. 

"I think it's a massive compliment to us. It shows the progress that the team has made throughout the season that teams are coming here and changing their formation, changing their shape to combat us," Bowyer admitted. 

"It's up to us to find a way to break them down and come out and play more, which then obviously presents an opportunity for us to counter them."

On the back of that, the manager openly admits that tactical alterations are being considered to overcome certain challenges presented.    

"It's something we've spoken about, as staff and players. We'd be naive to say that we're just going to keep going and do what we want. We know that we've got to adjust slightly and make tweaks here and there."

Tomorrow's opposition, Crewe Alexandra, are likely to arrive in buoyant mood following victories against Grimsby Town and Wycombe Wanderers. Now under new management, Bowyer doesn't feel the side will be too dissimilar to the one faced earlier in the campaign.   

"When we played them in September they were in the play-offs so there's not been that mass change of players. We know that they're a good side and they've proved that in the last two games, especially. We've got to make sure that we go and do what we do best."

In preparing for the match, the Blackpool squad stayed down in Portsmouth for an extra night in midweek to avoid travelling through the early hours.   

"It was very good of the club to do that because it enables you to get to bed at a decent hour, get rested and go again. They did a recovery session in Portsmouth at the hotel and will now be fresh and ready for this game."

The manager expects to welcome back Andy Taylor from injury for the match tomorrow, though Danny Philliskirk (calf) and Neil Danns (hamstring) remain sidelined. Jim McAlister, who is out longer-term, visits a specialist again today about his tibia fracture. 

"Jim has had his cast reduced to just below his knee now and that's given him a little bit more freedom. He's back at the specialist today so hopefully that's still positive with how he's progressing," Bowyer added. 

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