Seasiders have been threatening this run, says Bowyer

Bowyer has been delighted - but not surprised - with Blackpool's recent form
Bowyer has been delighted - but not surprised - with Blackpool's recent form
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Gary Bowyer says Blackpool's superb recent run of results is something they've been threatening to do all season.

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Not only have Blackpool won their last four games - the first time they have done so since 2010 - but they've also done in it convincing fashion.

The run has seen them beat Bradford City 5-0, Northampton Town 3-0 and Gillingham 3-0, as well as the dramatic 2-1 victory against local neighbours Fleetwood Town.

It means Blackpool are finishing the season strongly for the second year running, having clinched promotion from League Two last time out following an impressive run of results.

This season it has resulted in the Seasiders climbing away from the bottom four and up into the top half, where they currently sit 11th in the table.

“It’s something that we’ve been threatening all season if I’m being honest," Bowyer said of Blackpool's recent run.

“When you look at it, it does coincide with the pitches getting better. It also coincides with the fact we have different strikers to pick from.

“Just by having Mark Cullen back fit, what he has done has increased the competition so the ones who are playing know that they’ve got to produce. That competition is vital in any squad.

“It’s not all down to the pitch, I understand that, but it does have a slight bearing on it for sure.

“So it doesn’t surprise me that when the pitches are coming back, as they are doing now, it suits our style of football and our style of play.”

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The Seasiders welcome promotion chasers Shrewsbury Town to Bloomfield Road this weekend for what is their final home game of the season.

Bowyer has the luxury of a fully-fit squad for the second week running, which will result in the Pool manager having to take some more difficult decisions.

“It’s going to be another headache for me and on one hand, that is good," he added.

"But at the same time it was horrible last week leaving Callum (Cooke) and Dan (Agyei) out of the squad.

“These are the things you have to do but one or two things crop up, so Christoffer Mafoumbi is going to get his opportunity and play the next two games.

“I’m delighted with that because he went in (over the New Year period) and he didn’t do a great deal wrong.”