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Bowyer: Amazing Achievement

Manager Thrilled As Blackpool Secure Promotion

28 May 2017

Gary Bowyer hailed an amazing achievement from his squad as Blackpool bounced back to Sky Bet League One at the first attempt, beating Exeter City 2-1 in the League Two play-off final at Wembley. 
 
The manager, having initially set out to stabilise the club in his first season, was thrilled to earn the first promotion of his career and make the club five-time play-off winners in the process. 
 
Speaking post-match, here's what he had to say...
 
Amazing achievement. 
 
Incredible. To be stood here in this amazing stadium, it really is an amazing achievement to have turned it round in less than a year. 
 
From the start of the season to now. 
 
We said from day one that we weren't going to come up with any excuses, we were going to work very, very hard and wanted the players to be the best that they could be every single day in training. That's what they've done and we've managed to carry that out on the pitch, so I'm delighted. 
 
Turning stability into promotion. 
 
Stability was the main aim but then in the last month or so we got a sniff of it and fair play to the players, they took that opportunity. 
 
A great start followed by a re-shuffle. 
 
It was an incredible start from us, terrific. But then we knew what a good team Exeter are, they put us on the back foot and we knew that would happen, and then we lost our captain, Tom Aldred. That meant we'd lost two captains in a week. 
 
The adversity that these players have had to put up with all season, it was another challenge for them and they stepped up to the plate. We had to change the formation, we needed half-time and we did a lot of re-organising. They came out and played the way they did and full credit to them. 
 
The goals. 
 
All three goals were good goals in the game and I'm delighted for Mark Cullen, the form that he's had at this end of the season and run-in. 
 
Record fifth play-off victory. 
 
We were aware of the history that the club has got in the play-offs and we wanted to add to it. I'm delighted to say that we have. 

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