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Critchley: A Thoroughly Professional Performance

28 November 2020

Neil Critchley was delighted with his side, after a thumping 4-0 victory over Harrogate Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Seasiders scored all four goals in the second half, courtesy of Grant Ward, Jordan Gabriel, Dan Kemp and a Harrogate own goal. Despite the comfortable victory in the end, Critchley admits his side had to remain patient in the early stages of the game.

“I think we had control of the game, but just couldn’t find that first goal in the opening half,” he said.

“We told the lads at half time to remain patient, and also put some pressure on them to see who was going to bring that spark of quality in the final third. I didn’t think it was going to come from Luke Garbutt for the first goal, but once we scored the first, that helped us on our way to the other goals.

“I think the substitutes did well and made a good impact in the game. It was a thoroughly professional performance, and I’m delighted to be in the hat for the third round.”

When asked who he would prefer to face in the third round of the competition, which is when the Premier League and Championship sides enter the fray, Critchley had just one wish.

“A home draw would be nice,” he said.

“When you get to this stage of the competition, you want a big side to test yourselves against the best. But, we want to progress as far as we can in this competition, so we will take anyone. We’ll look forward to Monday night’s draw and enjoy our trip home tonight after an impressive performance.”

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