Blackpool vs Exeter City - Bowyer boosted by players returning to fitness for play-off final



Posted Friday, May 26, 2017 by PA

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer admits the lure of a Wembley appearance has had a rejuvenating effect on his squad.

The Seasiders boss said a number of players made unexpectedly-early returns to training this week ahead of the League Two play-off final against Exeter on Sunday.

Forward Jamille Matt has missed the last five matches with a hamstring injury and - even if he returns to fitness - it seems likely he will be one of those to miss out.

A hamstring problem also meant top scorer Kyle Vassell missed the dramatic semi-final second-leg draw with Luton, in which a 90th-minute own goal put Blackpool through on aggregate, and he also remains a doubt.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from.

Only Robbie Simpson, who has an ankle injury, and long-term absentee Matt Jay are currently missing from training.

Tisdale could therefore stick with the side which overcame Carlisle 3-2 in the second leg of the semi-final.

Former Southampton, Derby and Leicester midfielder Matt Oakley, 39, will retire after the match.



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