Gary Bowyer says he will make a few late selection calls for Blackpool’s match against Southend United tomorrow, given that certain players have been carrying knocks.
The manager is prepared to wait on the availability of those injured against Rochdale in midweek, including skipper Jimmy Ryan, before making any definite line-up decisions.
“It was a tough game on Tuesday night, a physical game, so one or two picked up some bumps and bruises. We’ll give them as long as we possibly can before making the decision on who plays,” he confirmed.
The performance against Rochdale earlier this week is one that ended without goals, yet every other aspect of the display drew praise from the manager.
“It was the first time this season they’d been questioned and there were challenges set against them. I thought they stood up to it very well, and you only have to look at the reaction at the end because they were disappointed at getting a point at home and a clean sheet. That tells you everything about the group that we’ve got here,” he said.
The clean sheet kept in that game was Blackpool’s fourth of the season and saw Clark Robertson play in his 36th match of 2017, as well as make his 107th appearance for the club.
“Clark Robertson has just got better and better in every game that I’ve been here, and he looks very accomplished at the back,” Bowyer admitted.
“He’s matured as a player, he’s matured as a person and he keeps getting better with his performances. Like I say all along, young players need the experience and need the games. For someone of his age to have amassed as many league games as he has he’s only going to keep improving.”
Those stats are in stark contrast to fellow centre-half Curtis Tilt, who has seamlessly made the transition to league football just this season.
“With Curtis Tilt, you can’t believe that it’s only 10 league games in his career. I thought again he was outstanding on Tuesday night. People keep telling me how much he keeps improving, and it’s there for all to see.”
The pair will now look to help their team-mates achieve a good result against Southend United.
“We want to win every football match and Saturday will be no different, against an experienced and well coached team,” Bowyer added.