Seasiders’ squad players have stepped up to the mark

Mark Cullen (right) has scored four goals in his last five outings for Blackpool
Mark Cullen (right) has scored four goals in his last five outings for Blackpool
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Gary Bowyer has praised the impact of his squad players who have helped reignite Blackpool’s season.

The likes of Bright Osayi-Samuel, Neil Danns and Mark Cullen have come in from the cold to star in recent weeks to help guide the Seasiders to within a point of the League Two play-offs.

Cullen, in particular, has stood out with the striker bagging four goals in his last five games after taking advantage of Kyle Vassell’s untimely injury.

When asked how important it is to utilise his whole squad between now and the end of the season, Bowyer replied: “It’s massive.

“That’s exactly it, it’s a squad game especially with the number of games you play.

“What’s been particularly pleasing has been whoever comes in has staked a claim to stay in the team. They know that if they produce then they will stay in the team.

“There’s no better example at this moment in time than Mark Cullen.

“I thought his workrate against Newport was up there and he’s stood forward in recent games, he’s taken the penalties and he’s getting his goals now.

“He looks more confident with every game and you look at the fact that, with a little bit more luck on Saturday, we could have been talking about a hat-trick with his efforts that hit the post and hit the bar.

“We had the opportunity to put that game to bed at half-time.”

The Seasiders return to Bloomfield Road this afternoon to face a Hartlepool side who sit in 21st place in the league, but Bowyer’s men will be looking to build on their recent form which has seen them pick up 13 points out of a possible 15 from their last five games.

But Bowyer knows the Pools, who have won three out of their last six, will pose his side plenty of problems.

“They’re fighting for their lives but they’re a good team,” he said.

“I’ve watched them this week and they’ve got some good individuals. They play the game the right way.

“But it’s going to be up to us to be able to impose ourselves and it’s about how we play and what we do to keep this run going.

“But like I often say, I always want more from my players and I’ll only demand that if I think there’s more in there and there certainly is.”