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Bowyer: Rediscover Early Form

Manager Looks For Players To Get Firmly Back On Track

9 February 2018

Gary Bowyer has challenged his players to rediscover their early season form and go on another run that propels the club back up the table.

The Seasiders have stuttered a little in recent months, drawing several fixtures and losing out narrowly in a couple of others.

However, the talent in the dressing room offers cause for optimism, especially when you consider some of the goals and performances that have been put since promotion was achieved.  

“We’ve got to make sure that we quickly find the form that we had at the start of the season,” Bowyer stressed. “I think there were certainly aspects of that last Saturday against Bury for long periods of the game. We’ve got to take the positives out of that, as well as the frustrations, into this weekend’s game.

“We’ve got to make sure that we get ourselves back playing the football we were at the start of the season to produce the results we know that we’re capable of. From the experience of last season, you see what a couple of wins can do and how quickly people talk to you in a different tense.”

Sean Longstaff’s first goal since December has proved a timely boost from an attacking point of view, though others need to step up and do similar.

“We’ve got the boost of Sean Longstaff finding his scoring boots and others have got to contribute. We need everybody contributing with goals and everybody working extremely hard to make sure that the ball stays out of the net at the other end.”

Walsall, who sit two points above Blackpool in the table, visit Bloomfield Road tomorrow and will face a squad nearing full fitness.

“Everyone is good, fit and healthy. Mark Cullen is coming along nicely this week so that’s been positive, and Jim is not doing too bad either. Overall we’re pleased because it’s making the squad competitive and people are playing for places.

“They’re an experienced team that have been in this league for a while and know what it’s about. That presents a challenge, but it’s all about how our form,” the manager added. 


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