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Critchley: Second Half Performance Merited Equaliser

Head Coach Reflects On Narrow Tranmere Defeat

10 March 2020

Neil Critchley felt his side were unfortunate to not get the equaliser in the narrow 2-1 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

The Seasiders found themselves 2-0 down at the half time interval, but came out and dominated the second half from start to finish, with Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s wonderful goal halving the deficit. However, despite creating countless opportunities from thereon in, the Seasiders just couldn’t find that crucial equaliser.

“We had some real good chances throughout the game,” Critchley said.

“Tranmere made it really difficult for us at times. They changed their shape in the first half to combat the threats we posed. I think the manner of the game suited them at times, and at certain moments we didn’t do well enough.

“I thought in the second half we gave it a right good go, boosted by some incredible support from the stands, and I feel we didn’t get the the equaliser we deserved from the second half performance in particular.”

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s strike in the second half marked his fourth goal for the Club since his January arrival, and Critchley was full of praise for the midfielder.

“His goal was terrific,” Critchley said.

“That’s what Kiernan is capable of around the box on his left foot. I thought his influence on the game grew as the clock ticked on. It’s just a real shame we couldn’t find the goal I think our performance deserved.”

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