Gary Bowyer has stressed the importance of consistency in both performance levels and results ahead of Blackpool’s meeting with Fleetwood Town tomorrow.
The manager is keen for his side to kick-on again in Sky Bet League One, with a late goal conceded against Gillingham in midweek preventing the team from picking up maximum points.
“The consistency in performance and the consistency in results is massive, and the two go hand in hand. It’s about individuals performing consistently and doing their jobs all the way through,” Bowyer told the official website.
“It needs to be consistently throughout the season and not just one game away at Peterborough and then in the next game not quite see it through. You can’t afford to do that in this league.”
The match this weekend is still a relatively new fixture on the calendar, with a derby tag being added due to the close proximity of the clubs on the Fylde Coast.
“A local derby at any level is always exciting for the players, staff and supporters even more so. I’ve been educated this week on the history of it, and it is a bit of a new one,” the manager said.
“We’re going to go there with a good backing. The noise our supporters made at Peterborough helped us get over the line, and we’re going to need that again this week against a good, well-organised, young, energetic Fleetwood team.”
Bowyer’s counterpart at Highbury, Uwe Rosler, is someone he has a massive amount of respect for, with both sharing a love of a certain holiday destination as well as football.
“I get on quite well with Uwe. I’ve known him since he was at Wigan and we spoke a couple of times last season and this season as well. Occasionally I see him on the holiday island which we both go to, but he stays in the posh bit and I don’t,” he said with a wry smile.
Blackpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match, though Clark Robertson and Jim McAlister are edging closer to returns.
"Clark's had a good week this week and started running again. He's stepped it up from last week, so that's promising for us.
"Jim McAlister is very close to being in full contact training. He's been dipped in and out and it's been great to watch because his enthusiasm has rubbed off on everyone else in training."