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Bowyer: Take The Challenge On

13 January 2017

Manager Previews Cambridge United Game

Gary Bowyer is looking for his side to take the challenge on and extend their recent good run away from home with three points at Cambridge United tomorrow. 

The Seasiders' opposition are one of League Two's in-form teams, having turned their season around to be in the mix for a play-off push. 

"We've got to take the challenge on that lies ahead in Cambridge," the manager said. "Shaun Derry has done very well there, I think it's another example of the board there deserving credit because at the start of the season with injuries and new players into the squad Shaun hadn't got the momentum going quite yet. The board stuck with him and I'm delighted for him because he's shown what a good manager he is."

The U's have won six of their last seven fixtures in the division and have highlighted the importance of stringing a fine run of results together.   

"They've not been drawing many games, it's all wins. It just shows you how quickly you can turn it round in this league and it's obviously something that we've got to get back to now," Bowyer admitted. 

"We've got to build on the performance against Barnsley last week and build on the first-half performance against Wycombe and go and get better again." 

The manager will have a number of formations to mull over for the match at the Cambs Glass Stadium, with recent displays showing the versatility within the squad.  

"I quite like the diamond, it's suited to a team that wants to pass it. I was interested in us playing that the other night. It gives us another opportunity to use a different formation if we feel that we need to. 

"As long as your players are educated in their roles and responsibilities and know what's expected of them, then I think sometimes you can catch teams out."

Blackpool's last three away trips in the league have resulted in defensive shut-outs, which Bowyer feels will be pivotal to another positive result.  

"In the last three away games we've managed to keep clean sheets. If we can go and do that again on Saturday, it gives us a hell of a chance of winning the game," he said. 

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