Pool boss: Vassell cannot take it easy

Kyle Vassell has been challenged to continue his good form in front of goal
Kyle Vassell has been challenged to continue his good form in front of goal
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Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer says Kyle Vassell can’t afford to rest on his laurels after the in-form striker added to his tally with a brace at Cheltenham.

Vassell’s two goals at Whaddon Road during the 2-2 draw capped off an impressive end to the month for the 24-year-old, who found the back of the net three times in the last two games in October.

The brace against Cheltenham took Vassell, who now has eight in all competitions, to the top of the club’s scoring charts above midfielder Brad Potts.

His two goals at the weekend also means the former Peterborough man has now netted four times against the Robins this season, having scored twice during the EFL Trophy tie at Bloomfield Road in August.

But it is his performances, not just his goals, which have impressed his manager Gary Bowyer.

“He’s a handful and we’ve said it all along ever since his arrival,” Bowyer said.

“He doesn’t give the back four or back three a minute’s rest and we’re delighted that he’s contributing with goals.

“He’s always going to be a handful but he’s got to continue, we can’t allow him to rest on his laurels. I’ll be on his back to make sure he’s producing again.”

His first goal at Cheltenham came at the end of a free-flowing break from Blackpool’s own box, with Vassell finishing smartly past the goalkeeper after being played in by Brad Potts.

The second, meanwhile, was a rasping drive from the edge of the box into the top corner of Cheltenham’s net after a quick one-two with Jack Payne.

The Pool boss added: “His first was a terrific strike and it was wonderful play leading up to it.

“We’re making progress with that because three or four weeks ago, I don’t think Brad Potts plays the pass. He would have tried to go on his own.

“The second was another great move. But the thing with Vass is, there are times you don’t know what foot he is.

“Because he can smack it with his right foot like he’s done today (against Cheltenham) or he curls a beautiful one in like he did with his left foot last week.”

Vassell, who signed for Peterborough from Bishop’s Stortford in 2013, signed for the Seasiders on a one-year deal in the summer with the option of a further year.

Despite speaking of his frustration at Blackpool’s failure to build on Vassell’s brace and pick up the win in Gloucestershire, Bowyer believes his squad are showing plenty of positive signs.

“We scored two wonderful goals,” he said.

“The progress that the forward line is making, in terms of unselfish play towards each other, is particularly pleasing from that game because it’s something that we’ve been working on.”