Bowyer’s refusing to look at
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.”