The Blackpool squad are hoping to channel their frustration from last weekend’s heartbreaking defeat into a positive result against Doncaster this afternoon, says manager Gary Bowyer.
Today’s visitors to Bloomfield Road stand second in League Two after three wins on the spin.
But Bowyer believes this is a great opportunity to put things right after Pool’s dramatic 2-1 reversal at Accrington Stanley last Saturday.
“It’s a great game for us,” said the Pool boss. “We have some good form at Bloomfield Road – we’ve only lost one in eight here.
“We’re looking forward to it and we can’t wait to channel all our frustration into motivation for Saturday’s game.
“The confidence is still bubbling away in the players, which is backed up by their performances.
“We’ve more than matched the teams we’ve played who are at the top end of the table and this weekend we’ve got to do the same.”
Blackpool let a 1-0 lead slip at Accrington, conceding a controversial penalty in the 89th minute. The spot-kick was dispatched and Stanley then went on to grab a winner in injury time.
Bowyer added: “We were three or four minutes from seeing the game out and from it being a complete away performance.
“We were solid. Sam Slocombe had a couple of saves to make but they were from distance. Gary Taylor-Fletcher missed a good opportunity with a header but we can list the number of chances we’ve missed.
“I felt the team was comfortable but the penalty was a huge moment.
“That gave them a massive boost of confidence and I’m sure their lads were thinking they’d got out of jail.”
Bowyer is keen to move on from that game and not dwell on a cruel defeat that leaves them 17th and just two points above the relegation spots.
He said: “We can only control what’s happening at both ends of the pitch and we’ve got to see it through. We’ve got to get better.
“To be fair to the lads, they’ve been in all week and they’ve had their day off cancelled, but they’re so determined to put it right it’s untrue.
“They’re a fantastic bunch of lads and they’re desperate to do well for the club.”