Blackpool found inspiration from Plymouth Argyle's match programme - Gary Bowyer
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has revealed that his side found motivation from Plymouth Argyle's programme written in their dressing room at Home Park.
The Seasiders clinched a convincing 3-1 victory over their League One counterparts on Tuesday night and thereby continued their strong start to the season.
Following the victory, Bowyer said a feature in Plymouth's match-day programme helped provide Blackpool with the added motivation to win the game. The Lancashire outfit had beaten Plymouth by a 3-0 scoreline in their previous visit to Home Park in March, but Bowyer was surprised to note how poor the Pilgrims were on Tuesday evenings. The visiting head coach discovered that the Pilgrims had not won on their home turf on a Tuesday night since September 2015, and he made sure to add the statistic on his player's minds prior to kick-off.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was well-documented in their programme how they’ve not won on a Tuesday night since last September. We read it in the programme and just had a quick chat with them about it and just said ‘look, come on then, let’s try and continue that run. That said, that wasn’t the main motivation for us, it was to go out and play our football we’ve been playing. I was delighted with the character these players have shown, none more so than the indirect free-kick from eight yards."
Last year's League Two play-off winners have made a fine start on their return to League One, and they are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak. Meanwhile, Plymouth have struggled despite earning automatic promotion from League Two, and they are currently in the drop zone. Blackpool had a dramatic fall from the Premier League to League Two over the space of five years, but they now appear on the rise with Championship promotion a possibility this term.