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Critchley: Disappointed To Go Out, But There Were Real Positives

9 December 2020

Neil Critchley was pleased with certain aspects of the performance against Fleetwood Town, but was disappointed to go out of the Papa John’s Trophy at the last 32 stage.

Critchley made ten changes to the side that won at Highbury four days earlier, and despite the turnaround in personnel, Blackpool were the better of the two sides for large parts of the game, but just couldn’t break the deadlock, eventually succumbing to a penalty shootout defeat after a goalless 90 minutes.

“We had some really promising moments, particularly in the first half,” Critchley said.

“We played well on the counter-attack and also created some good opportunities off of our own back. I think we were dangerous and threatening, but just couldn’t find that all-important finish, which I think would have been crucial in the match.

“Ultimately, we wanted to do well in the competition and win, but penalties is a lottery at times.”

Despite the loss, the Seasiders kept another clean sheet and battled endlessly for 90 minutes – something which really pleased the Head Coach.

“The spirit and effort of all of the players in the squad is first class,” Critchley said.

“Not once this season have I questioned their application. They give everything they can on a regular basis for the team, and that is especially pleasing.

"It was great to welcome back Matty Virtue and Jordan Williams too, who have been missing through injury recently. That will be a big help for us over the coming weeks during the festive period."

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