Bowyer: Blackpool’s results will take care of themselves

Gary Bowyer wants his players to focus on earning as many points as they can
Gary Bowyer wants his players to focus on earning as many points as they can

Gary Bowyer says Blackpool’s only focus between now and the end of the season is on finishing as high as they possibly can in League One.

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Three wins from their last five games have eased their relegation fears as there’s now a seven-point gap between themselves in 14th and the bottom four.

The Seasiders, who are now on 45 points, take on the side directly above them in the league table today in Southend United.

And Bowyer believes another victory will set them up nicely for a strong finish to the season.

“You say 47 to 50 points is normally enough (to stay up) most years, well I’m going to make sure we get as many points above 50 as we possibly can,” he said.

“I understand people say this is what you need, but you never know what’s going to happen.

“We’ve just got to concentrate and try and back up Tuesday night’s fabulous performance and result against Charlton Athletic with a win again on Saturday against an experienced side.

“If we can do that, we’ve just got to keep aiming high.

“We said all along we want to be competitive and we have been. We’ve said all along staying in this league would be a great achievement for us, but then we want to finish as high as we possibly can.

“There’s plenty of points still left to play for.

“I think we have to keep everybody fit, there’s no secret with that.

“But we didn’t get carried away when we had our bad run, and we’re certainly not going to allow them to get carried away now we have a bit of momentum.

“We’ve got the experience of finishing strong last season, so we want to finish strongly as we possibly can this season as well.”

The Seasiders’ revival comes after a sticky patch over the winter months, which saw them drop to just two points ahead of the drop zone.

But an unbeaten February, which included wins at Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth, coupled with their first home win in more than six months, has seen Bowyer’s side steer themselves away from the bottom end of the table.

“I can probably count on one hand the amount of times we’ve not performed this season,” Bowyer added.

“But we know how it works, it’s a results industry.

“I feel sorry for the lads in one sense because they’ve certainly deserved more performance-wise than what they’ve got.

“But they’ve stuck at it, they’ve stuck together and they’ve kept believing in what they’re doing and how we want to play.

“Recently they went the whole of February unbeaten and then they put in a couple of good performances in March.

“So we’ve just got to keep that momentum going now and try and back it up on Saturday.”