Neil Critchley believes his squad is growing in belief and confidence week on week and is pleased with the application since their return to action.
Despite the Seasiders defeat to Stoke City in yesterday’s Carabao Cup first round tie, Critchley’s squad impressed and dominated their Championship opponents in large parts of the game.
“I think when you play against players that are at a higher level, you see the physicality and running ability within their team and you have to match that,” he said.
"They need to run a bit harder, run a bit further and run a bit quicker. I felt we managed the game well and we can be pleased with what we did in the game.
“I think the lads are believing in themselves and that stems from the consistent messages we share with them,” Critchley added.
“It’s easy to analyse and look back on your performances when you play a system you all believe in. We want to have clear identity in how we play, and I feel the belief is growing in that process.”