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Bowyer: Stronger For That Experience

Manager Expects Side To Kick On

5 January 2018

Gary Bowyer has praised the character and spirit of his players and insists the squad will be a lot stronger from recent experiences.

The manager, who watched his side end a run of eight games without a victory at Rochdale, believes valuable lessons have been learnt that will only strengthen the group moving forward. 

"It was a great start to 2018 with the win at Rochdale. Throughout that run we’ve always stressed about the performances being there, it was just the actual results," Bowyer said.

"Fair play to the players, they stuck together and showed an enormous amount of character and spirit through that run. They’ve come out the other side, and they’re going to be stronger for that experience. I’m looking forward to them kicking on now.

"It (the win) was a relief for everybody because the players were frustrated and angry that the performances that they’d produced hadn’t got them the rewards they’d deserved. A lot of that was down to individual errors, and it just seemed to go from one player to another making them. The only people who could turn it around were ourselves."

Four points from the last two matches have Blackpool in a bouyant mood ahead of tomorrow's clash against Oxford United, with the manager expecting a good game of football. 

"There’s two good footballing teams so if the weather can behave itself from three o’clock, then that'll be great. They’re a good team (Oxford) and they’ve got some good players."

Bowyer could once again change his team around after a hectic fixture period, however a number of players have stepped up in recent weeks. 

"What we have proved over this Christmas period is that our squad has grown again, in terms of the players that haven’t had their opportunity being given their opportunity over this period and taking it. That has given us a real problem for Saturday," he added.   


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