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Bowyer: Tighten Up In Both Boxes

Manager Looks For Improvement At Opposite Ends of the Pitch

17 November 2017

Gary Bowyer insists Blackpool must ‘tighten up in both boxes’ if they are to get back on track in Sky Bet League One.

The Seasiders have conceded seven goals in their last three league outings and found the net on just three occasions, with two of those strikes coming against Portsmouth last weekend.

The performance in that game was much improved from a defeat against Northampton Town, yet defensive errors proved costly.    

“You look at the manner of the goals we conceded last week, and the players know themselves that they weren’t good enough in that context. We’ve talked this week about being more responsible and taking ownership for it, and they’ve been good,” Bowyer told the official website.

There’s been plenty of work on the training ground this week in an attempt to reverse current results, with Bowyer calling for his players to be smarter in and out of possession.

“You can’t stress enough the importance of the work you do on the grass. We’ve tried to ask them to play a different way this season, which they have done and they’ve took to that well. Now we’ve just got to tighten up in both boxes. If we can be a bit better in both boxes, then it gives us an opportunity on Saturday.”

Blackpool’s opponents this weekend are Peterborough United, who are currently eighth in the table. The manager’s focus is on the response he gets from his own side, though.   

“It’s about how we go there and how we perform. We want to go and put on a performance and get back to winning ways as quickly as possible,” he remarked. 

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