Play-offs

Bowyer’s re­fus­ing to look at

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Scott Hunt

WITH two games re­main­ing, just three points sep­a­rate fifth from tenth in an in­tense League Two play-off bat­tle and Black­pool man­ager Gary Bowyer is urg­ing his play­ers to take it one game at a time in their bid to make the top seven and earn pro­mo­tion.

Goals from Mark Cullen, Clark Robert­son and Neil Danns earned a com­pre­hen­sive 3-0 win over Chel­tenham and moved the Seasiders up to sixth.

Four points will be enough for Black­pool, who fin­ish at home to al­ready-rel­e­gated Ley­ton Ori­ent, but Bowyer is fo­cused on Notts County next week.

“It’s one game at a time,” he said.

“We have a dif­fi­cult game away at Notts County next week.

“We will pre­pare prop­erly.

“That’s three con­sec­u­tive clean sheets now and we’re de­lighted with that and we need to build on it.

“I thought we played ever so well to­day. We were on the front foot very quickly and had a cou­ple of great chances early doors.

“The first goal set­tled us down and then I thought we were strong and could prob­a­bly have scored more than just two goals in the first half.

“The play­ers play­ing well and be­ing fit causes me a headache but it’s a nice headache to have.” Danns al­most put Black­pool ahead on 20 min­utes, as his low shot from 18 yards can­noned back off the post.

The Seasiders were in front though af­ter 28 min­utes. Colin Daniel’s left-wing cross was cleared by Jor­dan Cranston straight against Cullen, and it re­bounded into the net from two yards. And the lead was dou­bled six min­utes later.

The ball fell to de­fender Robert­son af­ter a scram­ble, who thumped into the roof of the net from 15 yards. Black­pool sealed the win af­ter 62 min­utes when Daniel squared for Danns, who slot­ted home from eight yards.

“We didn’t play to the heights that we have done in the last four games,” Chel­tenham’s act­ing man­ager Rus­sell Mil­ton said.

“Black­pool will pun­ish things like that and they did.

“I quite fancy Black­pool to do well in the play-offs.

“When you play against bet­ter play­ers and you’re not quite up to it, then you’re go­ing to get beat.

“We have to go and win the game next week against Hartle­pool.

“We’ve done well on our pitch lately and we just need to do that again.

“I was dis­ap­pointed in our per­for­mance. The level dropped and I just need to pick it up.”

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