Manager For Blackpool To Maintain Momentum
Gary Bowyer is delighted with the way his players are finding a way to win matches and has challenged them to keep up the consistency.
The Seasiders, who host Hartlepool United tomorrow, are unbeaten in eight games and have recorded victories in four of their last five league fixtures.
Adapting to the opposition and conditions, the players are showing the characteristics required to mix things up and grind results out of needed.
"If at first they're not succeeding, they stick at it and keep going. We're on a terrific run - I think we've only had one defeat in our last 12 - and we're finding that consistency to win games. We've got to keep that going now," Bowyer said.
Competition for places in the side is bringing out the best in individuals, with Bright Osayi-Samuel taking his opportunity with two stunning goals last weekend.
"Bright now is full of confidence from that and he's got to go and produce it again on Saturday," the manager remarked. "We spoke recently and we set him a target that will stay between me and him, but he's on his way to achieving that target in terms of number of goals and number of assists. It's an area of his game that he's got to improve and he is 19 still, but he's showing good signs that's for sure."
The squad this weekend could be bolstered by the returns of the club's joint-top goalscorers, with Brad Potts and Kyle Vassell on 12 goals apiece.
"They've both trained all week so it provides me with a selection problem, and it's a nice problem to have in terms of what we do with the team.
"We'll be guided by the medical team on Vass, who have done brilliantly to get him back so soon. We've got make a sensible choice because we want him right for the rest of the season."
Hartlepool, now under the management of Dave Jones, will offer a different type of test than back in December when windy conditions dictated the game. From a Blackpool point of view, it's about maintaining momentum.
"It will be a different game here tomorrow, they're going to be buoyed by about 1500 fans. They're fighting for their lives and playing some good football.
"As ever, it's about what we do and how we go about it. We've got to make sure that we continue on that front foot and keep the momentum going that we've got," Bowyer added.
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