Blackpool Have Had To Change Their Playing Style – Gary Bowyer
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has admitted that Blackpool have had to change their playing style, especially at home to the deteriorating nature of the Bloomfield Road pitch. The Seaside outfit earned a glowing reputation during the opening months of the campaign, where their brilliant passing game coincided with their storming start to the season.
However, since the winter period begun, the surface at Bloomfield Road has taken its toll, and this has restricted the team from passing the ball with the same level of efficiency. Bowyer’s side are now winless in their last 10 matches in front of their home supporters, but this has not hampered their away form with back-to-back wins at Wigan Athletic and Portsmouth.
Speaking to reporters, Bowyer hoped for a change of luck for the Seasiders at home, after their most recent game against Northampton Town was called off for a frozen pitch, he said: “We’ve got to change our form at home and there’s a desire within the group to change it. It’s about repeating the quality we’ve shown in recent weeks and changing the results we’ve had. We’ve said throughout the season that when we weren’t on a particularly good run, it was just a case of sticking in there and turning those losses and draws into victories. We managed to do that in a couple of away games recently, which gave everybody a boost of confidence.”
Blackpool are currently separated from the drop zone by a margin of just four points, and they may need to pick up their home form at the earliest opportunity in order to avoid a late relegation scrap. Bowyer’s men have games against mid-table clubs in Southend United, Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United over the next month, and they may to secure a couple of victories to offer themselves a leeway during the dying stages of the season.