Road improvements vital for Blackpool boss Bowyer

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Gary Bowyer insists his Blackpool side will need to transfer their home form on to the road if they are going to have a shot at promotion this season.

The Seasiders made it seven points out of nine in League Two with Saturday’s dominant 4-0 win against Notts County and are just a point outside the play-off zone.

But the Pool boss is well aware his troops have won only once on the road all season and he called on them to rectify that record at Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Bowyer said: “At this stage in the season, you’ve just got to keep the momentum going and keep wanting to get better.

“The next game provides us with another opportunity for three points and that’s what we’ll concentrate on.

“We’re building up a good reputation at home and we had good support behind us again. Now we’ve got to transfer that on to the road.”

His comments come as Blackpool prepare for two away games in quick succession, with Mansfield providing the opposition three days after the weekend trip to the capital.

Bowyer’s men are winless in five away games since a comfortable 3-0 victory at Yeovil at the start of September.

Saturday’s clean sheet against County was Pool’s fourth of the season, another record Bowyer knows must be improved before his men start dreaming of a promotion push.

He added: “We feel that if we can keep more clean sheets it’s going to give us an opportunity because we feel we’ve got goals in the team.

“We attack as a team and we defend as a team. That’s what we want and we want more of them.”

Saturday’s win over John Sheridan’s County side extended Pool’s unbeaten run to five games in all competitions and returned them to the top half of the table for the first time in over two months.

But Bowyer insists his team are far from the finished article. He said: “We’ve got a bit of momentum from our last two games and we want to keep that going.

“The players have an attitude where they want to do better and they want to improve.

“They only know one way to play and it’s attacking, and you’ve seen that this season.

“We’re not going to get carried away at all but, like we’ve been saying, you have to be sensible about this. It takes time.

“We’re far from the finished article, so we’ve got to keep building on this.”

Pool may be 10 places better off than Saturday’s 19th-placed hosts Orient but only three points separate them

Blackpool’s FA Cup second round opponents will be confirmed tonight.

Non-league Brackley face Gillingham in a replay, with the winners to visit Bloomfield Road on December 3.