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Critchley Provides Madine and Turton Update

Pair Continue To Be Assessed Ahead of Sunderland Game

12 March 2020

Head Coach Neil Critchley has revealed that Gary Madine and Ollie Turton will continue to be assessed ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Sunderland.

The pair missed out at home to Tranmere Rovers due to injury and illness in midweek, yet both will be given time to declare themselves available this weekend.

“Gary Madine has still got an issue with his neck. We’re hoping that he’s going to train later today, if not hopefully tomorrow,” Critchley explained.

“He’s feeling a little bit better and with him being a Geordie and this being Sunderland, I’m sure he will be doing everything he can to be part of the game on Saturday. I know he’ll be desperate to be involved.

“Ollie Turton trained the other day so we’re hoping that he’s back to full health and can hopefully be fit and available.”

The Seasiders head into the game aiming to build on a second-half performance on Tuesday night that told the gaffer plenty about the squad he’s inherited.

“I think the telling moment was when we were 2-0 down the other night at half-time. It was a moment for me as a coach, very early here, to find out what type of spirit and character you’ve got inside the dressing room,” he said.

“I think they answered that emphatically in the second-half. We showed bravery, courage, intent and they gave absolutely everything right to the end. They never gave up and that told me a lot about the players. That gives me a lot of optimism about the future.

“If I can help them, so that we can have a clearer way of playing, and that becomes consistent, which I believe I can, then I’m very much looking forward to what lies ahead.”

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