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Critchley: We’ve Got A Strong Squad At The Club

23 December 2020

Neil Critchley is looking for his side to continue climbing up the league table and gain three valuable points on Boxing Day against Rochdale.

The Seasiders welcome the Dale to Bloomfield Road following the news that Chris Maxwell and Matty Virtue are set to miss the next few matches after testing positive for Coronavirus. Despite the pair now going through a period of self-isolation, Critchley is confident going into the Boxing Day fixture.

“Thankfully, both Matty and Maxi have shown only mild symptoms. They are now going to self-isolate, and our thoughts are with them,” Critchley said.

“There’s no doubt we will miss the pair of them over the next couple of weeks, particularly Maxi. His leadership and voice as Club captain is really important to the team, but of course their health and those of their families is the most important thing, and we wish the pair of them well.

“We’ve got a strong squad here and with both of them missing, there’s an opportunity for one or two others to be involved.”

With Rochdale the visitors to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, Critchley is well aware of the threats posed by Brian Barry-Murphy’s side.

“It will be a tough test for us,” he said.

“They’ve picked up some eye-catching results recently, particularly away from home. They’ve beaten Wigan 5-0 and Plymouth 4-0, so we know they have a real threat.

“We have to be ready for the threats they pose, ensure we cause them trouble and hopefully it’s an opportunity for us to get three points and climb up the table.”

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