Bowyer wants home rule from Blackpool this season

Gary Bowyer hopes to make Bloomfield Road a fortress this term as Blackpool bid to build on last term's home comforts.

Friday, 11th August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:36 pm
Kelvin Mellor is back in training

Despite the low crowds, Pool’s home form helped to propel them back up to League One and the manager hopes that continues in tomorrow’s first home match of the season against MK Dons. Bowyer said: “We’ve managed to make this a really difficult place for the opposition to come.

“We need to continue that and we are really excited about our first home game back in League One.”

With many fans expected to continue their boycott, Bowyer said: “We concentrate on what we can control and that is the football.

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“What happens on the pitch is the only thing we can affect, and to give the players credit that is exactly what we did last season. We are going to have to do it again. Hopefully we can get a few more in this season.”

Bowyer has been boosted by defender Kelvin Mellor’s return to training after a hamstring injury.

He said: “Kelvin Mellor is the only one missing and he has been back on the grass this week. We hope he might return this weekend; if not, then certainly he comes into contention for Doncaster.

“I thought Ollie Turton’s debut was terrific. He is a great footballer who wasn’t just brought in for cover. He was brought in to challenge Kelvin and he has the shirt at the moment.”

Bowyer says he received compliments on Pool’s football from rival bosses Stuart McCall and Paul Cook,whose Bradford and Wigan sides have beaten the Seasiders 2-1.

“The feedback has been very complimentary. We just need three points to give them another boost of confidence,” Bowyer said.

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We have been really good with the ball in terms of how we have asked them to play this season. They have taken it on board very quickly.

“We have to remember it is a new group – 12 new faces have come in. It has been very good, very promising and pleasing from a coach’s point of view.

“It is enjoyable to watch – we just have to be a bit better in both boxes now.”

Bowyer has been boosted by defender Kelvin Mellor’s return to training after a hamstring injury.

He said: “Kelvin Mellor is the only one missing and he has been back on the grass this week.

“We hope he might return this weekend; if not, then certainly he comes into contention for Doncaster.

“I thought Ollie Turton’s debut was terrific. He is a great footballer who wasn’t just brought in for cover. He was brought in to challenge Kelvin and he has the shirt at the moment.”