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Critchley: Lots Of Positives As Well As Areas To Work On

23 August 2020

Neil Critchley was pleased with the attitude of his players but believes there are areas for improvement, following the 3-3 draw with Everton.

The Seasiders are now four matches into their pre-season schedule and are yet to taste defeat, scoring 11 goals on their way to three wins and a draw.

Critchley, who watched his side score three goals without reply in the opening ten minutes against Everton on Saturday, believes there were positives but was left disappointed to not have come away with a win, such was the quality of the performance.

“I thought we were excellent for large periods of the game,” he said.

“There were lots of plus points, which makes me slightly disappointed we came away with the draw as we had other golden opportunities to score another two or three goals.

“To play against a quality opposition like Everton and to play like we did for large periods of the game was really pleasing. I thought our attitude, aggression and intensity was outstanding.”

Reflecting on the rapid start for the Seasiders, with CJ Hamilton, Sullay Kaikai and Grant Ward putting the Club ahead so early on, Critchley felt it was a good example of how the squad want to play, regardless of the opposition.

“It was a great start from the lads,” he said.

“We’ve spoken about it for several weeks now where we want to play our style of football and imprint it on the opponents, no matter who we’re up against. I think that was a case in point in the opening stages of Saturday’s game.

“I felt we were deservedly three goals up at that point, and in truth it could have been more. We can take a lot from Saturday and move on to the next test with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.”

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