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Critchley: Relishing Challenging Period

Seasiders' Boss On Demanding Run of Fix

24 November 2020

Neil Critchley is relishing a demanding run of fixtures, as his Blackpool side aims to maintain a winning streak on all fronts.

The Seasiders head to Doncaster Rovers tonight in search of a sixth consecutive victory in all competitions, with this match being one of 11 to play before the year is out.

“We’re playing Saturday-Tuesday now right until early January,” the Seasiders’ Head Coach said. “If we progress in the cup competitions, then January will become busy as well, but that’s what we want.

“It’s a challenge. The squad that we’ve got is going to be fully utilised, but it’s an exciting period and a great challenge for us. We’re in a good run of form at the moment and if we can keep improving and maintain our consistency, then we’ll be a hard team to beat.

“The spirit, endeavour and fitness of the players is fantastic and that will serve us well the longer the season progresses.”

In a timely boost, Blackpool’s squad depth is set to be enhanced for the games ahead, with several players edging closer to returns.

“We had no injury problems from the game on Saturday, which is obviously a bonus,” Critchley revealed. “We’ve got a few more coming back – Luke Garbutt’s started training and Matty Virtue has started integrating back into training, though he’ll probably take a little bit longer, and Jordan Williams won’t be too far from getting back on the grass – so we’re getting some bodies back at the right time.

“That will provide me with more of a selection dilemma and some sleepless nights, but that’s something I’m used to anyway.”

Tonight’s opposition face Blackpool on the back of scoring a late equaliser at Sunderland on the weekend, while other notable results have been picked up in the first few months of the campaign.   

“They’re very good at home, they have a clear way of playing and Darren’s been there for just over a year now. They’ve got some really good footballers in their team who can hurt you at the top end of the pitch and have won some good games against tough opposition this season, the likes of Ipswich, Lincoln and Charlton.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, similar to the Peterborough one on Saturday. If we don’t go there and produce a similar level of performance, then we’ll find it very difficult. However, we’re in good form and I’m confident we can go there and continue our run of form,” Critchley added.

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