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Bowyer: Important To Back-Up That Home Win

Manager Challenges Side To Build On Midweek Victory

16 March 2018

Gary Bowyer has stressed the importance of Blackpool backing up the midweek victory against Charlton Athletic when hosting Southend United tomorrow.

The win on Tuesday night ended a long wait for three points at home, and the challenge now is to quickly get another three on the board.  

“We’ve never played badly here all season, even when we went on the run that we’ve been on. The most important thing is that the players still had the belief in what we’re doing and the confidence to keep doing it. We got our rewards on Tuesday night and it’s important that we now back it up,” Bowyer said.

Blackpool go into the match against The Shrimpers without the services of Kelvin Mellor and Nathan Delfouneso, leaving an opportunity on the flanks that Danny Philliskirk could occupy again.

“It’s been no secret that we like to play two out-and-out wingers that go and run at pace and go and take people on, but Danny’s a bit different and I thought that caused problems for the opposition on Tuesday. It’s something that we’ll look at and we’ll work on,” the manager confirmed.

One player who is all set to start again is Kyle Vassell, with the forward overcoming recent injury problems to be pushing for his third game in a week.

“He might get three games in a week, and that’s the first time he’s done that in a hell of a long time. A lot of credit goes to him for how he’s looked after himself. We’ve taken him off in the last two games as precautions because he’s so important to how we play and how we want to play.”

Just a point separates Blackpool from Southend United heading into the game tomorrow, and Bowyer expects a stern test from Chris Powell’s side.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Chris. When he was Huddersfield manager I came across him a couple of times when I was at Blackburn. I’m delighted that he’s back in the game. His teams always try and play the right way and he’s got an experienced team there. We know the challenge that lies ahead for us,” he added.

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