Seasiders’ boss is hoping to turn on the style

Blackpool's Kyle Vassell heads at the Crewe Alexandra goal during September's 1-1 draw between the two teams
Blackpool's Kyle Vassell heads at the Crewe Alexandra goal during September's 1-1 draw between the two teams
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Gary Bowyer is hoping for an open and entertaining game when his Blackpool side take on relegation-threatened Crewe Alexandra at Bloomfield Road.

Despite being unbeaten in their last three games on home turf, the Seasiders have struggled at home in recent weeks with sides preferring to sit back and starve Bowyer’s men of space, while the men in tangerine have failed to break down the opposition.

That has coincided with Blackpool’s failure to pick up a home win in the league since November, but Bowyer is hopeful Crewe will come and try and play their typical attractive brand of football.

“Hopefully it’s an entertaining, open game of football,” he said.

“I think Crewe have always had a reputation of playing good, open football. When we played them in September they were in the play-off positions so that just shows you the quality they have.

“We know it’s going to be a challenge for us but it’s one we’re looking forward to and one we’ll have a right good go at.

“Notoriously they’re good footballers and they play an open game. They’ve had a change in management and won their last two, so we know it will be tough.

“We’re going to have to be right but it’s about what we do.

“We’re unbeaten in our last three here so we go into it with the fact that we’re difficult to beat at home.

“But what you have got to factor in is people have come and set up a little differently here, and that’s a challenge for us to find a way to break teams down.

“That’s something we’ve spoken about with the team and it’s something we will work on.”

David Artell, who took over as Crewe manager at the start of January following the sacking of Steve Davis, has lifted the Railwaymen away from the bottom two with two consecutive wins against Grimsby and Wycombe.

But the former Crewe captain has yet to mastermind a win on the road, where his side are winless since October.

Bowyer: “I don’t know a great deal (about Artell) other than he was the academy manager there so he will continue the Crewe way.

“Obviously the players will know him because he’s been around the building for a long time now.”