We’ve set the standard now, says Blackpool boss

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer believes his players have set the standard for the rest of the season after their impressive midweek win.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle were put to the sword on Tuesday by Bowyer’s men, who eased to a 3-0 win at Home Park – a victory that saw them pick up back-to-back wins for the first time since November.

It also meant the Seasiders climbed back up to 10th in the League Two table, just four points off the play-offs with 11 games left to play ahead of tomorrow’s crunch tie away to Wycombe Wanderers.

The Pool boss says his players must now build on their recent form and pick up a third straight win for the first time this season at Adams Park.

Bowyer said: “We’ve spoken a lot about consistency because we’ve had these performances throughout the season – it’s about backing them up.

“At the moment it’s five unbeaten and the performance level at Plymouth was very good.

“But me being me, that’s the standard. They can enjoy this one but they had better get ready to go again at another difficult place which is Wycombe.”

The win against Plymouth was all the sweeter given the long distance the players, staff and 127 supporters had to travel for the game in Devon, which came on the back of recent trips to Exeter and Portsmouth.

The Seasiders now face two crucial games in four days, with a home game against Stevenage on Tuesday to follow the visit to the Chairboys, who are one place below Pool.

Bowyer added: “We’ve got to do that against Wycombe on Saturday. We’ve got a tough couple of weeks but we’ve already been to Exeter and Plymouth. Now go down to Wycombe and we’ve got a trip down to Newport as well.

“But you’ve seen how these players prepare properly. They follow a game-plan and reaped the rewards of it. But they’ve got to back it up now.

“We didn’t allow Plymouth, who are second in the league and look like they will get promotion, a minute and we restricted them to one shot on target in the 88th minute.

“So they can enjoy that result but that’s now our standard and we’ve got another difficult game on Saturday. That’s what we’ve got to go and produce.”

The Seasiders have no fresh injury doubts ahead of the trip to Wycombe and are hopeful goalkeeper Sam Slocombe could be fit enough to return.

Kyle Vassell and Jim McAlister are long-term absentees but Pool are also boosted by the return of Neil Danns to training this week.

Rock-bottom Newport, who Pool visit a week tomorrow, sacked manager Graham Westley yesterday and promoted coach Michael Flynn, a former Seasiders player, until the end of the season.