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Bowyer: Another 15 Points To Play For

Manager Determined To See Side Climb Further Up The Table

10 April 2018

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool will continue to strive for further improvement in the final five matches of the season.

The manager, speaking on the back of the team’s 5-0 victory over Bradford City on Saturday, is determined to see his side build on that result and finish as high as possible in the Sky Bet League One table.

“There’s another 15 points that we can play for and we want to get as many of those as we can. We’ve placed those demands straight on the players after Saturday’s game and we will do for the rest of the season,” the manager insisted.

“It’s an opportunity to try and build up some momentum and finish as strongly as we possibly can.”

The Seasiders welcome Northampton Town to Bloomfield Road this evening, though Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will no longer be in the opposition dugout, as would have been the case when the rearranged fixture was initially due to be played.   

“It was a shame for Jimmy Floyd because I know him and I like him a lot. They brought in 10 players, I think, in the January window and we’re now in April and they’ve made the change. He came in and picked them up from where they were and got them in a fighting position,” Bowyer said.

“I watched their game against Peterborough, which was their last game out, and they lost 2-0, but could quite easily have been leading 2-0 because they started the game ever so well.

“They’ve now got a caretaker manager until the end of the season in Dean Austin and, generally speaking, you know there’s going to be a response. We’ve just got to make sure that we back up Saturday.”

In terms of backing up Saturday’s performance, the Blackpool squad will be bolstered by the returns to fitness of Kelvin Mellor and Jim McAlister for the run-in.

“It was a major boost to have Kelvin training again yesterday, as well as Jim. On the weekend we had to leave a couple out of the squad, and we’ve not been able to do that for a long time. I think we’ve therefore got a fully fit squad for this one,” he added.  

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