REPUTATIONS will count for nothing at Bloomfield Road when Argyle play Blackpool this Bank Holiday weekend.
Or, says Sonny Bradley, whenever, whoever and wherever the Pilgrims play in Sky Bet League Two this season.
The Pilgrims defender will experience the Lancashire seaside resort for the first time – at least, in his professional capacity – on Saturday, with the Tangerines having been a Premier League team as recently as six seasons ago.
“For me, this is just another game,” he said, “just another place we have to go to and get three points. Everyone will get treated equally; we’ll do the same preparation that we would do for anyone else in the league.
“I’ve never played at Blackpool; I’ve never played against Blackpool. So it’s a new one on me, but I know a few of their players and they have started very well so I think it’s going to be a tough game.”
Sonny’s disposition comes at least partly from a belief that Blackpool are far from alone as a big club in the division. Argyle, he believes, are another who are up alongside.
He said: “It’s a massive club. You can tell that the fans are just waiting for them to kick on and step up the leagues.
“There is more expectation and a bit more pressure, but I enjoy that. I’ve come to Plymouth Argyle because I want to be part of something successful and, if we keep on getting the results, hopefully that can happen this season.
“I’ve played quite a lot of games in this league now and I think I know what it’s about. Anyone can beat anyone but I think the teams that will come out on top of the pile at the end will be the teams that work the hardest and have the best quality.
“We’ve got two wins on the bounce and we will be going to Blackpool trying to win again. When you play for Plymouth Argyle, every game has got to be a win. No matter where you go in this league, you will be wanting to win.
“There will be weeks when the result doesn’t go as expected – that happens in football, in any league in the world – but it is about how you deal with it and how you press on.
“If we get a good result at Blackpool, then we’ve got a bit of time down south and a few games at home so hopefully we can really knuckle down and get some good results.”