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Critchley: Happy With A Point And A Clean Sheet

19 December 2020

Neil Critchley was pleased with the point gained at Accrington, given the torrential rain and windy conditions during the game.

The Seasiders gained their fourth clean sheet in five matches in the 0-0 draw at the Wham Stadium, and Critchley feels the side showed a different side to their game to secure the point.

“To come here and claim a point is a good result for our efforts,” Critchley said.

“I think we were 10/10 for character and spirit, but could have made more of the attacking moments we had in the match. I think we defended our goal well and to keep another clean sheet at a place like Accrington, given the form they are in and the conditions we were playing in, I think is a good result.”

Dan Ballard and Matty Virtue started the game, both returning from recent injury spells, and Critchley feels both did well in the game.

“They were both very impressive,” he said.

“It was a difficult match for Matty to come into, given how long he was out for at the start of the season. We know the type of person and player he is and what he can give you on the football pitch.

“I thought Dan was colossus at the back and really made it tough for Accrington’s forwards. I thought considering both he and Matty were out injured injured, they both did really well.”

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