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Bowyer: A Good Measure

Manager Relishing Wigan Athletic Match

20 October 2017

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool's fixture against Wigan Athletic tomorrow will be something of a yardstick for his side.

The manager is looking forward to seeing his players testing themselves against The Latics, who sit second in the division and dropped down from The Championship last season. 

The Seasiders are unbeaten on home soil in the league and head into the match on the back of a gritty 2-1 victory against Bury. 

"It’s a great game," Bowyer said. "There’s going to be a big following here and a right atmosphere. It will be a good measure because we’re coming up against a very good team. We’ll respect them, then we’ll have a go at them.

"Our aim in every game this season is to be competitive, and we want to be that on Saturday."

In the opposite dugout will be Wigan manager Paul Cook, who guided Portsmouth to the League Two title in May. Two entertaining games took place against his side last season, with differing results, and Bowyer is not surprised to see the immediate impact he's had at the DW Stadium. 

"In my opinion, and he’s not going to thank me for it, he’s got one of the best teams, but he’s done that by buying the right people. It’s not a fluke, the way that they play and how they play, because they do it properly. He’s done it at Chesterfield, at Portsmouth and now he’s doing it at Wigan.

"In my opinion, he should be managing higher because of the style of play and how they go about it."

Blackpool welcome Colin Daniel back from suspension for the visit of The Latics, while Jimmy Ryan is fighting to be available after being forced to withdraw from the team on Tuesday. 

"It was the first one for me, in terms of somebody coming out of the warm-up so close to kick-off. Hopefully with that decision he’s given himself a right, good chance for Saturday," Bowyer added. 

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