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Bowyer: Position Of Strength

7 February 2017

Selection Dilemma For Manager

Gary Bowyer says the potential return of Kyle Vassell tonight puts Blackpool in a position of strength when it comes to team selection. 

The addition of players in the January transfer window has brought intense competition for a starting place, while the availability of the club's top goalscorer is a major boost. 

It means that a few players will miss out when it comes to naming the 18-man squad to face Crawley Town at Bloomfield Road. 

"It's probably the first time this season that we've been in this position of strength. Now it's about going out there and picking the right 11 and then them going out and delivering," Bowyer said.

"Kyle Vassell has trained so he comes into the reckoning, but it was a similar sort of injury to Brad Potts (hamstring) so we must make sure that we're right with him."

Potts, who was forced off at half-time on Saturday, is unlikely to feature in this game. Bowyer will also be without Jim McAlister, who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a fractured tibia. 

"Unfortunately it's part and parcel of football which is not the nice bit. We'll do everything we can to help and support Jim in his recovery," the manager said. 

The match tonight was rearranged for this date following Blackpool's FA Cup commitments, and the team head into it looking to build on Saturday's draw with Colchester and convert more of the chances being creating. 

"We're three unbeaten and if we can go and get that victory then that puts us in a better position. We've got to keep working hard, sticking together and keep working at it. 

"It wasn't so long ago we were scoring four in three home games on the trot, so we know it's in there."

In the opposition dugout with be a manager Bowyer knows very well, with Dermot Drummy previously involved in youth development at Chelsea.   

"I know Dermot Drummy from when he was the Chelsea youth coach and I was at Blackburn doing the youth team. They're a good passing team and they've got some good players. I think he's done a great job there and we're aware of the threat that they'll have. 

"But we've got to go and produce the levels that we showed against Colchester, be a bit more clinical in front of goal and don't give a soft one away like we did on Saturday."

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