Neil Critchley is expecting another tough test on Saturday, as the Seasiders make the short trip to take on Accrington Stanley.
Stanley have been a force to be reckoned with so far this season, sitting just one point outside of the play-offs coming into Saturday’s game, and also have a number of games in-hand over the majority of other sides in the division.
With both sides picking up impressive victories over Gillingham and Hull City in mid-week, Critchley is expecting an entertaining clash at the Wham Stadium.
“Both sides are in great form coming into the game, so I’m sure it will be a good game,” he said.
“Accrington had a bit of a blip last weekend when they lost to Wigan, but they showed their strength and what they’re all about by responding really well in going to Gillingham in mid-week and picking up the victory.
“We’ve had a good few results ourselves, so it makes for a really exciting and entertaining clash on Saturday.”
Saturday’s match will be the second time the Seasiders have travelled to the Wham Stadium already this season, having faced John Coleman’s side in a Papa John’s Trophy tie back in October, and Critchley is looking forward to seeing his opposite number again this weekend.
“I have a huge amount of respect for John Coleman and the job he has done there over the years,” Critchley continued.
“He’s done an unbelievable job. He’s a proper football man and lives and breaths the game. Accrington have got the benefit of his experience and wisdom, and I always look forward to seeing and speaking to him.
“We’re looking forward to the game, and we’re hopeful of continuing what has been a really good period for us over recent weeks.”