Neil Critchley feels the teams opening fixture away at Plymouth Argyle will be a tough test, but one he and the squad will be looking to push on from.
The league fixtures were announced on Friday morning, with the Seasiders facing the longest away trip of the season on the opening day, and Critchley feels it’ll be a good early test for his squad.
“I suppose it’s nice to get the longest trip of the season done at the start of the campaign,” he said.
“It’ll be a tough game. Plymouth did exceptionally well last season to get promoted in the manner they did with the football they played.
“It is a tough start, make no mistake about it, but it’s one we’re already looking forward to and hopeful of starting the season as we mean to go on.”
With the Club facing the prospect of 12 midweek league fixtures alone this season due to the late start to the campaign, the Head Coach feels recovery from games will be a vital component to having a successful season.
“We’ve got to prepare for what will be a long season,” he said.
“Whoever we play at whatever stage of the season, we’ll try and implement our style of play on the opposition and look to get positive performances on a consistent basis.
“I think preparation and recovery will be crucial this season. There’s a congested fixture list, and that’s why what happens between the games is really important. We’re formulating a squad that has a versatility to it, and that’s vital as I’m sure the squad will be tested this season.”
View our full fixture list for the 20/21 season here.