Gary Bowyer says his players are ‘as fresh as can be’ and ready to go again for tomorrow’s match against Oxford United.
Buoyed by a 3-1 victory at Plymouth Argyle in midweek, despite the travel involved, The Seasiders are re-focused and fully prepared for the latest challenge that awaits.
“Straight after the game on Tuesday night it was all about the recovery of the players and I’m pleased to say that, having trained this morning, they’ve done that,” Bowyer said. “They look as fresh as can be when you consider the amount of travelling that we’ve done, but we’re not using that as an excuse.
“We know that we’re going to have to be right at it to try and produce another performance to beat a very well organised and good Oxford team.”
The Seasiders head in to the match on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One, which has already highlighted particular qualities.
“I’ve been pleased with the reactions as a group, in terms of every challenge that has got thrown down to them. They’ve stepped forward and overcome those challenges. It’s only a start, but the challenges so far are ones that they’ve met and that’s good for the group, long-term,” the manager admitted.
The initial results have been achieved with some spectacular strikes, six of which have come from outside the box. That’s more than any other side in the English Football League.
“I’m pleased with it, but I want to try and get some goals from inside the box as well! It’s a real interesting stat and it just shows you the quality that we’ve got in the team. The fact that they’re willing to buy a ticket and have a pop is a credit to them,” Bowyer said.
Something else that is credit to the players is the club’s form at Bloomfield Road, with three wins from three since the start of the league campaign. That’s in addition to a fantastic record on home soil last season.
“We’ve made it a difficult place for teams to come and play. We get about our game and try and impose our game on the opposition. We do our homework and try and stop the opposition as well, but we’ve been strong at home and we’ve got to make sure that continues this weekend."