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Bowyer: Turn Draws To Wins

10 February 2017

Manager Looks Ahead To Carlisle Fixture

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool must look to change their penchant for draws to climb back up the Sky Bet League Two table. 

The Seasiders are one of four teams to have drawn 11 times this season, with only tomorrow's opponents Carlisle United recording more.    

Though such results highlight a determination not to be beaten, a winning run will be required to challenge the play-off spots. 

"Some people will say you're better losing some of those draws for wins but we've got good resilience, we don't want to get beat, we hang in there and we're always on the front foot trying to get the winner," the manager said.

"The facts are that we have drawn too many games and that's something that we've got to look to change in the next 18 games, starting on Saturday against Carlisle.

"We've still got a game in hand - Tuesday night was one of those - on some teams and we've got to play teams above us. It's in our hands, we're more than capable of beating anybody in this league, as we've proved this season already. It's just getting that consistency of wins together."

It's Blackpool's form away from home that offers plenty of encouragement ahead of the game at Brunton Park, with defensive organisation reaping its rewards. 

"We're going into this game now away at Carlisle on the back of four consecutive clean sheets away from home, which is impressive to do. We've got to keep that belief and keep that work rate that has enabled us to do that."

The last time the two sides met Blackpool came from two goals down to draw 2-2, highlighting a never-say-die attitude amongst the squad.   

"That was the first time you really saw the fighting spirit that these lads have got, and the character they've got. We're going to need that again this weekend because Keith Curle has done a fantastic job," Bowyer added. 

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