Blackpool’s away form a boost for Bowyer

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer says his players deserve an enormous amount of credit for their recent away form, having lost only one of their last nine games on the road.

The Seasiders, who are preparing to make the long journey to South Wales this weekend to face Newport County, are one of the league’s form sides, having risen back into contention for a play-off spot with a seven-match unbeaten run.

But it is their away form which has caught the eye, with wins against Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United as well as creditable draws at Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City.

In fact, the only defeat Bowyer’s men have suffered away from home since November was against Portsmouth in February.

And the Pool boss knows that form will stand his side in good stead.

He said: “The home form hasn’t been bad either, has it? After all, we’ve only lost three at Bloomfield Road all season.

“But the players deserve an enormous amount of credit for how they’ve gone about it away from home.

“They’ve stood up to whatever has come their way. They have found solutions and found a way to grind out performances and results.

“We’re going to need that from now until the end of the season. That’s never going to change.”

The Seasiders battled to a hard-earned three points against Stevenage on Tuesday night but Bowyer is wanting to see even more from his players at second-bottom Newport tomorrow.

“I don’t think you go out to try and get an ugly win,” he said. “In fact, I think some of our football on Tuesday night was decent.

“We’ve hit the woodwork three times against a team in the top four, so sometimes an ugly win gets labelled too easily when it’s a tight 1-0.

“But we’ve got to go and play our game, play in the right areas, put the opposition under pressure and the players have to give even more than they gave on Tuesday night.”

Pool stand eighth with nine League Two games remaining and are three points behind Exeter, who occupy the final play-off spot but face a testing visit to fifth-placed Luton tomorrow.

However, Bowyer knows his players must maintain their bright spell from now until the end of the season if they are to have a chance.

He added: “It’s about maintaining that momentum as players and as a squad because it is a squad game.

“There are players who aren’t getting stripped at the moment, players who in my opinion will play a part between now and the end of the season and will have an impact. I have no doubt about that.”

Knocks to Brad Potts and Jordan Flores aren’t thought to be serious and both are expected to be in contention for tomorrow’s game.