Date: 27th July 2016 at 12:30pm
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Blackpool’s pre-season, as the start to League 2 draws closer, continued with a draw at non-league side Tranmere.

A nil-nil draw was played out with Tranmere at Prenton Park with Gary Bowyer taking the chance to use no fewer than 21-players against the Vanarama Conference side on Tuesday.

Kyle Vassell went close to adding to his pre-season tally when he hit the post in the second half with Brad Potts and Jim McAlister both going close for Blackpool too with Bowyer, overall, happy enough with what he saw.

Bowyer did say he expected ‘to learn a hell of a lot’ about his players at Prenton Park, which he’s told the Official Website he did with this also the match he was most anticipating as Tranmere offered the closest challenge to what he would expect Blackpool to face this season.

‘Out of all the games this is the one that I’ve really looked forward to because of the fact that it’s probably the closest to what it’s going to be like in our league. I knew I’d learn a hell of a lot about the players tonight, and I certainly did. I thought that we were careless tonight with the ball and we didn’t create as many chances as we did on Saturday. Tonight was an ideal game for us and I’m glad that we took it. There was a lot of lessons learnt.’

He added he fancied Tranmere to return to the Football League at the end of next season with Blackpool ‘a bit off’ from the level shown against his former side Blackburn on Saturday.

‘They’ll be strong favourites, as they were last year, Gary’s got a great team together there and they were in our faces and we have to be able to deal with that. Overall tonight we were just a bit off it in comparison to the levels and the standards that we set ourselves on Saturday.’

Bowyer concluded he’s looking for improvement when Bury are faced in the final pre-season match at Bloomfield road ahead of League 2 getting underway.

‘We need to up the performance levels again from tonight and there are certain areas that we need to identify from tonight that we need to work on and be better in time for the season.’

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