Terry McPhillips says preparation for Blackpool’s long trip to Plymouth Argyle this weekend has been key, as The Seasiders look to build on their eight-match unbeaten run.
The team set off bright and early for Devon this morning in an effort to quickly get game-ready for the match at Home Park, which is a 642-mile round trip from Bloomfield Road.
The journey has also followed the news of Terry’s appointment as permanent manager this week, something he’s revealed his delight at.
“I’m delighted that it’s all done and I’m the manager. The players have trained well and we’re going to Plymouth early on Friday morning and will train down there somewhere.
“It’s a tough game and a long way to go, but we’ll set off early, hopefully miss some traffic and get there as fast as we can.”
Though the hosts are in search of their first league win of the campaign, McPhillips fully expects a tough game on the back of Plymouth’s similar exploits last season.
“They are in a false position,” he said. "They didn’t start so well last year and then went on a run and nearly got to the play-offs.
“But it will be about all what we do on Saturday at Plymouth. Every game is tough, but if we can play as well as we did last Saturday, then we’ll have a great chance.”
The likes of Jimmy Ryan, Joe Bunney and Chris Taylor once again miss out on the match due to injury, however that doesn’t make selecting the 18-man squad any easier. Three or four other quality players had to sit the Bradford match out in the stands last week.
“That will happen again this week. That’s the tough part, especially when the lads are working so hard and putting the effort in. But it’s part of the job and you’ve got to do it,” he added.