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Critchley: Delighted With The Performance

Head Coach Reflects On Papa John's Trophy Victory.

11 November 2020

Neil Critchley was delighted with his players, as Blackpool secured qualification for the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy on Wednesday evening.

Goals from Dan Kemp and Ethan Robson fired the Seasiders to a 3-0 victory against Leeds United’s U21’s at Bloomfield Road, and a place in the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Reflecting on a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions, Head Coach Neil Critchley praised his side’s performance after a comfortable evening.

“I’m really delighted with a lot of aspects of the performance,” Critchley said. “I’ve got to give credit to the players who came in tonight. I thought the way that they played together, their attitude, effort and commitment was outstanding.

“I’m pleased we’ve qualified into the next round, that was always the aim."

After making their first starts for Blackpool this season, Critchley was delighted to see Jack Sims and Cameron Antwi involved for the Seasiders

“It was brilliant for Sims to keep a clean sheet. He didn’t have lots to do, but when called upon he produced a really important save. The lads love his personality and so do we, so we’re delighted for him.

“I thought Cameron was also excellent. He broke up play really well in the middle and looked very composed."

Critchley was delighted to see academy star Rob Apter, who signed a professional contract with the club recently, come on as a second half substitute.

“It was a really nice moment for Rob. He showed great personality in the performance, there was no fear. I was delighted for him.

“I’ve been impressed by him when I’ve watched him in the Youth Team games recently, I thought he was excellent in the Youth Cup against Bradford.

“It’s a really nice moment for him and his family. It’s testament to the hard work that Ciaran Donnelly, Danny Ventre and John Murphy put into the academy.”


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