Bowyer: Players must not lose their focus
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has warned his players they will get a rude awakening if they do anything other than focus purely on their next game.
The Seasiders are currently the league’s form side, having won five of their last six games and drawing the other as part of a run which has also seen them avoid defeat in each of their last nine games.
Last weekend’s 2-1 win against Hartlepool United also saw Gary Bowyer’s men return to the League Two play-offs for the first time since December – but with Luton Town the opponents tomorrow the Pool boss refused to look too far ahead.
He said: “It’s a win but it only leads us to the next game and it gives us the ability to try for three more points.
“We’re just going to concentrate on what we’ve been doing in the last month or so, which is trying to prepare properly and go and win games. You can’t get ahead of yourself in this game because the moment you see people start doing that they get a slap across the face.
“We’re not going to do that. We’re just going to recover and look at ways we can improve because there are areas we can improve on and go again.”
One player njoying his football is Bright Osayi-Samuel, who bagged his third goal in two games last Saturday.
The 19-year-old now has four goals to his name this season and is adding an end product to his undoubted natural talent – which is giving Bowyer plenty of headaches.
“He’s been progressing ever so well and we’ve spoken with him about not being predictable in how he plays so he goes around the outside,” Bowyer added. “He went around the outside for the goal and he put it away well.
“He’s in a good vein of form at the moment and we’ve got to keep that going with him.”
Bowyer also praised the supporters who he says will have a role to play. A higher than usual crowd of 5,374 watched Blackpool see off Hartlepool last week, although that number was bolstered by the large away support.
“The fans have been great ever since I arrived,” he said. “They back us home and away. It was good to have that many people generating that noise.”