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Bowyer: Make Demands And Win

3 March 2017

Manager Previews Morecambe Fixture

Gary Bowyer insists his Blackpool players must make demands of each other and turn a run of draws into vital victories in Sky Bet League Two.

The Seasiders have drawn 14 games this season, the most in the division, while only Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United and Luton Town have lost fewer games.  

When you consider that Blackpool are in the top six sides for goal difference and have the fourth best defensive record, it's the fine margins in matches that make the difference. 

"It's fine margins, I think there's only four or five clubs that have scored more goals than us this season," Bowyer said. "We've got to be demanding of each other and make sure that we get over the line and win games. It's frustrating but that's where we're at."

Blackpool come up against one of the in-form sides in the league at Bloomfield Road tomorrow, with Morecambe beaten just once in their last 11 outings.

Those results for The Shrimps have been all the more remarkable given the off-field difficulties the club has endured, which is why Bowyer is full of praise for his counterpart Jim Bentley. 

"He is someone who has done it for five or six years at a club with limited resources, but you never hear him moaning. He gets on with it, keeps producing players, keeps producing a way of playing and keeps producing a team full of spirit. You have to take your hat off to him because it's a marvellous achievement. 

"This season, with all the adversity that you've heard around the wages not being paid, it doesn't affect them on the pitch and that's credit to the manager and his staff. 

They've produced some great results and we know we're in for a tough game, but it's a great game for us."

A number of bumps and bruises in the Blackpool squad will be assessed prior to kick-off, though goalkeeper Sam Slocombe remains on the sidelines.  

"He's got a bit of a tight thigh with his kicking muscle so we've just had to make sure that he didn't go any further and then be out for a longer period of time," the manager confirmed. "He's had it before in his career and he quickly stated to us that he didn't want to be rushing it and making it worse, which is what I think happened last time to him. Hopefully he should be fit and available after the weekend."

Elsewhere, Jack Redshaw's playing time on loan with Rochdale has been halted due to a set-back with shin splints again.   

"The injury that has plagued him ever since he's been here, really, has flared up again. He had an operation on Thursday and we wish him all the best. The surgeon has said that the operation's gone well so far, so that's good news, and now it's just about his recovery," Bowyer added.  


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