Blackpool must execute their Posh plans

Blackpool's Sean Longstaff under pressure from Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison during the reverse fixture
Blackpool's Sean Longstaff under pressure from Peterborough United's Marcus Maddison during the reverse fixture

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer has admitted the Seasiders will need to come up with a game plan to stop Peterborough’s attacking talent.

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The Posh are among the league’s highest scores, boasting a forward line that includes Jack Marriott, Danny Lloyd and Marcus Maddison who have 41 goals between them.

Marriott is the standout man, having found the back of the net 23 times this season after making the move from Luton Town during the summer.

Bowyer accepts his Blackpool side will have to be at their best to keep a second clean sheet in the space of just six days, having beaten Wigan Athletic 2-0 on Tuesday.

“The top teams have exceptional players, especially in their forward lines,” he said.

“You only have to look at Wigan the other night; they had Will Grigg and Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey, then they’re able to bring on Gary Roberts and James Vaughan.

“Peterborough are no different so we’re going to have to come up with a game plan to stop them for sure.

“But then we’ve also got to concentrate on what we do as well, because that’s important.”

Blackpool appeared to be more suited to playing on Wigan’s vast pitch on Tuesday night, with their passing football ably assisted by the impressive DW Stadium surface.

On the other hand, the Bloomfield Road pitch has deteriorated in recent weeks, meaning Bowyer’s men have had to mix their game up a little.

Pool’s game against Charlton Athletic was called off due to a waterlogged pitch last month and a pitch inspection was also required before the game against Walsall last week.

“Stan’s working his socks off on the pitch, so he’s trying his hardest with it,” Bowyer added.

“We don’t seem to have had too much rain this week, so I don’t think it’s too bad. But we could do with some sunny climate coming to Bloomfield Road for a couple of weeks, that would help massively.

“You want to be winning football matches and especially in front of your home fans. Our fans have been brilliant for us all season. You saw them the other night at Wigan, they were spectacular for us.

“The home support for us has also been superb and even against Walsall last week, they were right with us until the end.

“It does make a difference with the noise they make.

“Hopefully we get a couple more there this weekend because the game is on a Sunday and not a Saturday, they can generate some noise and we can try and get that win at home.”