Blackpool boss Bowyer wants to build on September’s work

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer
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It has been a September of long trips but, with an 11-point haul this month ahead of today’s trip to Southend United, Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer is pleased with the platform they have built.

The Seasiders are sixth in League One as they head to Roots Hall after a month which brought wins against Oxford United, Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon, along with draws against Scunthorpe United and Rochdale.

Seven days on from their only defeat of the month, the 3-1 loss at Bristol Rovers, the Blackpool boss is hoping to end September on a high – as well as saying goodbye to what has been a month of long trips.

“If you look at the month as a whole, it has been a good return and it has given us a platform to build on even further.

“We are coming to the end of our long trips.

“From our point of view it is the same as the Plymouth game.

“We prepare properly we go down the night before, stay in a nice hotel with nice food but I won’t make apologies for banging the drum to the supporters.

“Last weekend they turned out in their numbers at Bristol which was brilliant.

“Obviously they will follow us again but they need to be taken into consideration by the people who organise the fixtures.”

Bowyer’s players have impressed on the club’s return to League One though, after just 10 games, the manager says it is too soon to assess where the club will be in the table come May.

He said: “There will definitely be a period where we are tested in terms of our numbers.

“That is where I think you will be able to measure how far or how well you can do because of when you are faced with challenges like that.”