Playing with an intensity will be key if Blackpool are going to be successful this season according to Gary Bowyer.
The Seasiders’ high pressing and counter-attacking caused plenty of problems for Portsmouth in the 3-1 win at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night.
Pompey, who came into the game second in the league following a 5-1 thrashing of Barnet, found they had no time on the ball due to Blackpool’s constant pressure, something that pleased the Blackpool boss.
“Having watched the game back my opinions are still the same, it was a fantastic performance which the players deserve a lot of credit for,” Bowyer said.
“The lads put in a lot of hard work, they were very organised and we had a good shape. We then played at the right times.
“For us to be a good team we have to play with intensity. I thought we weren’t quite on it at Crewe but on Tuesday we certainly were.
“That came from good organisation but also a desire to hunt the ball down collectively. It wasn’t done individually which was really pleasing.”
Despite the win, Bowyer paid tribute to Paul Cook’s men, who looked to play with an attractive style of football.
That is something Bowyer would like to emulate, given time.
Their neat passing put Blackpool under pressure in the opening stages of the game, where Bowyer’s men found themselves camped in their own half.
“Looking at Portsmouth, it’s taken them over 12 months to get the recruitment side of it right and that’s fair play to Paul Cook,” Bowyer added.
“They are a model for us to look at in terms of getting better with the ball ourselves, which to be fair we have displayed at times this season.
“That’s the first time a team has really come to us that way inclined but the stats say it was 50 per cent each for possession.”
The Tangerines now turn their attention to the long trip to Crawley on Saturday.
Despite the effort and hard work his players put in on Tuesday night, Bowyer played down any concerns his players may be suffering from tiredness.
He said: “Our preparation has always been spot on and the medical and fitness side of it is fantastic. The players have recovered well and we now get ready to travel.”