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Bowyer: Players Setting Standards

10 March 2017

Manager Pleased To See Demands Being Made

Gary Bowyer says he was delighted to see the Blackpool dressing room managing itself in the aftermath of a 3-0 victory at Plymouth Argyle in midweek. 

The manager, on the back of delivering his post-match thoughts to the squad, watched his players step up and make demands of each other to build on such an impressive result.

"On Tuesday night they were enjoying the victory, and rightly so because they played very well against a team that's up there at the moment, but they themselves made sure that they were getting ready for Saturday straight away and making demands. That was very pleasing to see," he said. 

"They didn't allow themselves to get carried away after the game, which they quite easily could have done. They didn't need us to bring them back down to earth, they were already doing that amongst themselves. That's good that they're managing their own dressing room."

The display at Home Park was Blackpool's best of the season and highlighted a growing maturity. The challenge now is to maintain the winning momentum from the last two games when facing Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow. 
"Everything you ask from your team, they delivered on Tuesday night and I was delighted at the end when they had a corner and we kept that clean sheet. It just showed you how important it was for the players. 

"We're a work in progress still, very much, and we've put in some good performances this season, it's about that consistency and now the challenge is to try and do something that we've not done this season, which is get three in a row." 

Midfielder Brad Potts, who scored six goals last season, has now doubled that tally in the current campaign to make him the club's joint top goalscorer. The 22-year-old is loving his football in 2016/17, given the way he's able to express himself. 

"It goes back to the conversation I had with him when I first took over, we both agreed that we wanted to give him more freedom to go and get goals and he's repaid that," Bowyer said. "It's a phenomenal effort from anybody in any league to get double figures from the position that he plays. 

"He's got more to do, there's more to come and I think if we were to be honest and go through his chances this season then he should have more than 12. That said, he's been terrific for us in the goal count but he's still got areas of his game that he can improve on. He's such a powerful runner and gets forward ever so well that he's a constant threat for the opposition."

Two other players who found the net in midweek have also drawn praise from the manager, with Jordan Flores and Mark Cullen making the most of opportunities.   

"Jordan Flores chipping in with goals now is great for someone of his young age to be able to contribute. He's been impressive ever since he's arrived at the club. 

"Mark Cullen got his opportunity last weekend as a result of an injury to Jamille and you can't ask for anymore from a striker than to get two in two. But from my point of view, there's more than just goals from a striker that I want in my teams and that's the contribution with and without the ball. Mark has done that ever so well and I thought that he led the line well on Tuesday night and was a constant threat."

Sam Slocombe and Neil Danns have both returned to training to bolster squad options for the matches remaining this season, though no timescale will be placed on a return for Kyle Vassell (metatarsal).  

"What you won't get from us is putting any time frame on it or setting any targets. He'll be ready when he's ready, it's as simple as that with that one because experience tells you that you can't rush these things," the manager added.

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