Blackpool boss Bowyer homes in on top-seven spot

Brad Potts sees this penalty saved
Brad Potts sees this penalty saved
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Gary Bowyer said he was satisfied with Blackpool’s two performances down south over the past week, despite failing to win at Wycombe.

Pool had a glorious opportunity to follow their 3-0 victory at Plymouth with another three points but Brad Potts’ late penalty was saved by Jamal Blackman as the Adams Park clash ended goalless.

Even so, Pool have climbed a place to ninth and are just three points outside the League Two play-off zone.

If results elsewhere go their way again, the Seasiders could climb into the top seven with victory at home to Stevenage at Bloomfield Road tomorrow.

Manager Bowyer said: “Their man of the match is the goalkeeper, so amid the disappointment of the missed penalty we’ve got to take the positives away. That’s six games unbeaten now.

“We’ve had a tough week, but now we go back home and go again against Stevenage on Tuesday.”

Blackman had thwarted Potts earlier, clutching a header which some thought was over the line.

Bowyer added: “We’ve had the best two chances of the game. We passed well and I was really pleased with how we competed with their physicality.

“We should have taken six points out of six, but what impressed me most was the character and desire these players have shown over the two games.

“That is really going to hold us in good stead for the end of the season. I was really pleased with how they stood up to Wycombe.”

This was Pool’s 15th draw of the season, more than any other League Two side, but Bowyer believes they are finally showing the necessary consistency.

He added: “I think what we’re doing is starting to put the consistency together. We’ve always talked about it but the levels of performance have always been there, even in defeats.”

Blackpool could be boosted by the return of Colin Daniel for tomorrow’s match.

Daniel was surprisingly absent from Saturday’s squad and Bowyer did not reveal why. However, the manager confirmed the winger will be available to face Stevenage.