Gary Bowyer has called on his players to back-up their fantastic result at Wigan Athletic when Peterborough United come to Bloomfield Road tomorrow.
The manager was full of praise for his side in midweek and is determined to see the uplift from that display built on against The Posh.
“It can’t be after the Lord Mayor’s show, so to speak. We’ve got to make sure that we use the confidence, the belief and the boost that Tuesday night’s result has given us and have a right, good go at Peterborough. We’ve got to try and back it up,” Bowyer insisted.
“It was a great feeling in the dressing room at the end of the Wigan game, and it’s something that we want them to enjoy again on Sunday, if they can.”
One player who appears to be full of confidence at the moment is Armand Gnanduillet, who now has goals in consecutive matches. His all-round performance at Wigan set a personal standard that he must now replicate in order to keep leading the line.
“That’s the challenge for him. He’s got to be able to produce that week in, week out if he wants to maintain his place in the team,” the manager said. “It’s a simple equation for him. I hope he does realise how he went about it, what he did and the contribution that he made, as well as how valued that is by his team-mates and the staff. He’s got to go and do that again.”
The pressure to do similar against Peterborough is intensified by the return of Kyle Vassell, with the striker pushing for a recall after sitting out the midweek match at Wigan.
“We didn’t want to risk playing him Saturday, Tuesday and with this one in mind, Peterborough, he’ll be really fired up for this one because it’s his previous club and he played ever so well down there and scored his goal earlier this season. He’ll be desperate to do well on Sunday again.”
The opposition arrive at Bloomfield Road aiming to continue a push for the play-offs, which is being spearheaded by the likes of Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott.
“They’ve got a fabulous forward line and they’ve done well keeping hold of a couple of them in the window just gone. We know the threat that they possess, but it’s about us making sure that we’re good with the ball and we take our chances like we did on Tuesday night, as well as keeping the back door shut. We’re working very hard to get back-to-backs,” Bowyer added.