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Bowyer: Must Be Relentless

3 February 2017

Manager Looks For Ruthless Streak

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool must be relentless and build up some strong winning momentum with 20 games of the season now remaining. 

The manager has challenged his squad to find a ruthless streak ahead of tomorrow's game against Colchester United, as The Seasiders aim to push up the table.     

"We have 20 games left and we've got to be relentless in our preparation and relentless in how we go about our business. We have to find ways of winning football matches," he said. 

"We have to force that momentum and get it going. It's simple now, we know exactly what we've got to do, there's no more distractions with cup games, it's 20 league games where we've got to go and prepare properly and perform."

The January transfer window has resulted in the squad being re-shaped somewhat for the business end of the season, with Neil Danns, Jordan Flores and Raul Correia joining Nathan Delfouneso and Sanmi Odelusi at the club this week. 

"I feel we have adjusted areas that we feel that we needed to improve on," Bowyer admitted. "I would have liked one more for defensive cover but we haven't been able to get that, so we've got to get on with what we've got in our dressing room and we're more than capable of that."

In terms of players that departed the club, skipper Danny Pugh completed a move to Port Vale on deadline day, and the 35-year-old drew praise from the manager.   

"I'd like to go on record and say what a good captain he was and how I've enjoyed working with him," he said. "It was a real surprise that one, we had a phone call on the actual last day of the transfer window, the Tuesday, and it just snowballed from there, really. We wish him all the very best. He's a great lad and a terrific pro."

The timely return of Brad Potts for tomorrow's match presents something of a selection headache for the manager, which is in stark contrast to the last home game against Yeovil Town.  

"I'd rather have that than what we had the other week, when I was looking round thinking about who we're going to have on the bench. 

"We've got good options now and what we can't do is have people sulking or feeling sorry for themselves, they've got to take the challenge on of the competition that we've brought in and have a right good go at it," he added. 

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