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Critchley: A Magnificent Performance

5 December 2020

Neil Critchley felt his side showed a different side of their game in a 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town.

Gary Madine’s first half header was enough to secure all three points at Highbury, and make it eight wins from nine game for the Seasiders. Reflecting on Blackpool’s first victory at Fleetwood since 2012, Critchley was delighted his side were able to get another win under their belts.

“I’m delighted with the win. It was a magnificent performance,” he said.

“It was a really competitive game against a strong side. We showed a physical, combative side of our game and we limited Fleetwood to very few chances throughout the match.

“We scrapped for everything. We won first balls and second balls and didn’t allow them to build momentum in the game, which was really pleasing.

“The set piece has won us the game, which we discussed before hand about how that could be the difference. Fleetwood aren’t the tallest of sides, so we knew we could maybe have a good chance with set pieces.

“It was a great free kick from Sullay Kaikai and a really good header from Gary Madine which was the difference, and I think we were deserved winners on the day.”

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