Date: 31st July 2016 at 12:21pm
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Blackpool’s pre-season schedule, which saw Pools end unbeaten under Gary Bowyer, came to an end with a draw against Bury. A last minute Brad Potts goal earned a one-one draw with the League 1 side.

The first half ended goalless but after a Tom Aldred slip this allowed Kelvin Etuhu to put Bury ahead, which left the Shakers on for the win until youngster Rowan Roache put Potts in with him beating Ben Williams to draw Blackpool level.

Now we turn attention to the start of the League 2 season.

Gary Bowyer told the Official Website this was another match we ‘acquitted ourselves very well’ in.

‘I thought it was another worthwhile game for us, it was a good team we were playing against in Bury and they provide you with a tough task. I thought we acquitted ourselves very well against them.’

Bowyer went onto talk about Potts and how he’s impressed him since he moved him to a role on the right of midfield where he hopes he’ll ‘flourish’ behind able to run onto the types of passes from Roache, who had played a ‘fabulous ball’ through.

Injuries and illness ahead of the match, and season, haven’t been kind to Bowyer who lost another two to illness ahead of it, adding.

‘We had rotten luck this morning with Danny Philliskirk and Danny Pugh phoning in ill but we’re better off having that this weekend and not next weekend. What it has shown is that when we have to call on people, they’re more than capable of putting a case forward for why they should be starting week in, week out. That’s healthy competition, which is what I’ve wanted since the moment I’ve come in.’

On a positive note though Clark Robertson and Mark Cullen were able to come off the bench for involvement with Henry Cameron back after his spell on the sidelines

Looking ahead to the season opener with Exeter at Bloomfield Road on Saturday he concluded he was happy to get pre-season out of the way as he’s ‘not a fan’ of it.

‘I’m not a fan of pre-season but fortunately that’s it now and we’re entering the real stage.’

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