Bowyer: Let's build on promising away days
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says his players must piece together the positives from their last two away games and continue their consistent run of form from now until the end of the season.
The Seasiders return to Bloomfield Road tonight for what is a crunch clash against Stevenage, who are currently sat in fourth place in the League Two table.
Blackpool, who are now only three points off the play-off spots themselves, secured four points from their two away games against Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers – results Bowyer believes his players must build on, starting tonight.
“We’ve had a tough week but that’s six unbeaten now,” the Pool boss said.
“So while we’re disappointed not to have picked up all three points at Wycombe we’ve got to look at the positives.
“I was really pleased with how they stood up to Wycombe.
“Over the two fixtures, Wycombe away and Plymouth away, initially we might have taken four out of six, even though we came to try and get six out of six. There’s lots of positives for us to take from the two games.
“That’s two clean sheets and six unbeaten we go to now, which sets us up nicely for Tuesday going back home.”
Blackpool’s six-match unbeaten run has seen them pick up four draws as well as wins against Morecambe and Plymouth.
However they now return to Bloomfield Road where they have only won once since November.
“Now we go back home and we’ve got to go again against Stevenage,” Bowyer added.
“I think what we’re doing is putting the consistency together. The levels of performances have always been there, even in defeat.
“We’ve just got to get more points than the teams that are already in there, that’s what it’s going to take.
“How we do that is to piece the two performances you’ve just seen from us on the road, play our passing football and then show the competitiveness.”
Stevenage are in a rich vein of form ahead of tonight’s clash, with their 2-0 win away at Luton on Saturday making it four wins in a row while they haven’t been beaten in their last nine games.
It is a run which has seen them rise to just four points adrift of Portsmouth in third.
Clark Robertson, who impressed for Blackpool at the back against Wycombe at the weekend, says the players are well aware of the importance of tonight’s clash.
He said: “It’s a massive game, it’s almost a six-pointer for us to claw back some points. We know what they’re all about – we beat them at their place and we’re more than capable of beating them at home.”
The Seasiders have only lost nine times this season, which is less than Plymouth and Portsmouth who sit second and third in League Two respectively.
But they remain outside of the top seven places courtesy of their 15 draws, which is the most of any team in the division.
Robertson added: “We haven’t lost many games this season and when you look at it there’s teams above us who have lost more.
“We’ve drawn far too many this season but there’s no reason why we can’t string five or six wins together between now and the end of the season to get us into the play-offs.”