Bowyer: Blackpool are a work in progress

Gary Bowyer is pleased with what he has seen so far from his new-look squad
Gary Bowyer is pleased with what he has seen so far from his new-look squad
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Manager Gary Bowyer is in upbeat mood ahead of Blackpool’s season-opener at home to Exeter City tomorrow, though he sounded a clear warning that the Seasiders would be far from the finished article.

However, he was at pains to insist that the team would have to be ‘at it’ from the outset.

Bowyer, in his first match in charge, said: “We have only been together for six weeks, but the progress we have been making has been good, and I am happy with the way we have shaped up.

“I am pleased with the application that everyone in the squad has shown so far, but like any manager in up and down the country, I am looking to improve this (transfer) window.

“It may take this window and the next to take us where I want us to be.”

Bowyer continued: “Everybody at this stage of the season thinks that they are not far away but it’s a competitive league and you have to be at it from minute one and be competitive from minute one as well.

“I have enjoyed working with the players so far, and there is a potential to get better.

“I feel there will be more to come from us. We can be more progressive.”

Not for the first time, the focus will be on the size of the crowd at Bloomfield Road, with a disaffected body of fans, aggrieved at the way the Oyston family have been running the club, threatening to extend their stayaway stance.

Bowyer is hoping that he and his team will be able to win over the supporters.

He said: “I can only control what I can control and that is producing a team that is competitive, plays good football and hopefully wins games.

“The fans that come will hopefully be entertained.

“Pre-season is a long time, but you have to go through the process and now we are finally here I can’t wait.”

Two players who will be forced to play a waiting game are Luke Higham and Jack Redshaw, who will be sidelined tomorrow.

Bowyer said: “Jack picked up a recurrence of an injury that he suffered last season – hopefully we will get to the bottom of it and get it sorted once and for all.”

The Blackpool boss is looking forward to see the strike partnership of Jamille Matt and Mark Cullen, with Colin Daniel providing a service from the wing.

Bowyer said: “Matt has trained for a full week and Cullen the same. It gives us real options, and Colin Daniel has settled in very quickly.”