Manager Relishing Emirates FA Cup Tie
Gary Bowyer wants his Blackpool players to go out and express themselves in the Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Barnsley tomorrow.
The manager, who initially challenged his team to reach this stage of the competition back in the summer, says his side must relish their underdog status.
The shackles will be off to some extent, with The Seasiders no longer considered favourites against Championship opposition.
"We know what that feels like to be the favourites. This time for us it will be a pressure free game if you like, in the sense that we can just go and express ourselves and have a right good go at it. We want to try and put on a performance and get through to the next round," Bowyer said.
"This Saturday presents the opportunity to go and have a right good go at a team that is playing in The Championship and playing very well at this moment in time. But it's the cup, and anything can happen in the cup."
The challenge of overcoming Barnsley, currently eighth in their division, is one that Bowyer expects his players to embrace in a positive light.
"I want to work with players that want to test themselves and want to measure themselves against higher opposition. This presents that.
"We had it at Crystal Palace (in the EFL Cup) - we didn't have everybody fit in that game but we had an opportunity to test ourselves against Premier League opposition. Now we've got the same again against a Championship team."
The Tykes arrive at Bloomfield Road on the back of a four-match unbeaten run, having previously secured promotion and lifted the Football League Trophy at Wembley last season.
"An enormous amount of credit has to go to their manager, I don't think he gets enough credit for what he's done so far. I think they're a joy to The Championship," Bowyer admitted.
"We've got to match their energy, we've got to be organised, we've got to be disciplined and at the same time we've got to be clinical in front of goal when we do get our chances."
Mark Yeates remains sidelined for the fixture, while Colin Daniel is still working his way back to full fitness. Several other players will be pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.
Tickets for the fixture remain on sale right up until kick-off, priced at £15 for Adults, £10 for Over-60s and £5 for Under-19s.