Gary Bowyer has called on his Blackpool players to enjoy the thrill of their decisive final pair of League Two fixtures.
The Seasiders go into tomorrow’s last away game at Notts County in sixth place and knowing that four points from the two remaining fixtures will be enough to keep them in the play-off zone courtesy of their vastly superior goal difference.
The three teams just outside the top seven are only two points behind Pool but the Seasiders could secure their play-off spot tomorrow if results go their way.
However, the manager says they must treat the trip to Meadow Lane like any other match.
Pool complete the regular season at home to relegated bottom club Leyton Orient a week tomorrow and Bowyer said: “It’s about entertaining the idea about being involved in exciting games in the lead-up to the end of the season. You’ve got to enjoy these moments.
“We narrowly missed out in my first year at Blackburn by two points. But we were the chasers then, so this time it’s different.
“But the process is exactly the same for us – we go into every game trying to win it. That’s the objective before we start, and that will be the same on Saturday as well as the following Saturday.”
When asked if there is any pressure on his team, Bowyer replied: “It depends how people look at it.
“From the point of view of myself, the staff and the players, the game is the same. We just have to win the game to get three points.
“So game 45 is no different for us than game one or game two. The process and the outcome are the same but obviously we understand there are implications of promotions and relegations for teams involved.”
The Pool boss says his players have upped their game in recent weeks and their high spirits have been noticeable in training.
“The biggest challenge has been keeping the reins on the players,” Bowyer said. “They’ve trained so well all season, to be fair to them, but the intensity and quality has really stepped up in the last couple of weeks.
“Now they’re desperate for Saturday to come because they love playing games at the minute.”
Bowyer is also well aware that the know-how of some of his more experienced campaigners, like Neil Danns and Ian Black, will be priceless for these last two games.
He added: “Neil was outstanding against Cheltenham. I think he covered every blade of grass on the pitch – although that’s not really a compliment with our pitch, is it?
“But he was terrific and got his goal as well. His experience is so invaluable in this league in terms of when to run and when to pass. It’s massive for us. That experience has also rubbed off on the young lads we’ve got.”