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Bowyer: Finish Top Half

Manager Sets Challenge

20 April 2018

Gary Bowyer has challenged his players to retain a top-half position in the Sky Bet League One table with three games of the season remaining.

The Seasiders currently sit eleventh in the division following three consecutive victories and the manager is determined to see his players build on that. 

"That’s the aim we have with three games remaining (to finish top-half), Bowyer said. "The message from us to the players straight after the game against Fleetwood was to get as many points as we can.

"They had a fabulous week last week and I thought the fitness levels were unbelievable. To finish as strongly as we did against Fleetwood, and to win it in the manner that we did, is a credit to those levels."

Competition for places in the team is hotting up for the closing stages of the campaign, with every player fit and available for the trip to Gillingham. 

"That’s the hardest bit as a manager, leaving people out of the team and leaving people out of the squad. But you’d rather have that situation, where you’ve got a fully-fit squad, than scratching around looking for bodies. We’re going to have the same again this weekend and that will present me with another challenge," the manager confirmed. 

One such dilemma will be whether to start Armand Gnanduillet, who scored his second goal in as many games by coming off the bench to score a headed winner against Fleetwood. Consistency in the way he plays is key to that. 

"That’s been the message to him all along. For the size of him and how he is, he should be scoring those types of goals more often. There’s more to come from Armand, for sure."

The manager was a midweek spectator at Gillingham to scout this weekend's opposition against Rotherham so he firmly knows what to expect. 

"They’re at home and they play a certain way. We’re going to have to match that there, but at the same time show what we’re about and the confidence from winning three in a row. Hopefully we can go and carry on the way that we’ve been playing in those three games," he added.

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