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Critchley: We Need To Learn From Defeat

24 November 2020

Neil Critchley was left disappointed in how Blackpool left the Keepmoat Stadium with nothing to show for their efforts, in a 3-2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

The Seasiders were in cruise control and found themselves comfortably in front 2-0 at the interval thanks to goals from Jerry Yates and CJ Hamilton. The hosts, however, fought back and scored three goals to claim all three points on the evening.

“We shouldn’t have lost the game from the position we were in at half time,” Critchley said.

“I’m scratching my head how we let a two goal lead slip away in the manner we did. We were in total control in the first half, we were dominant and worthy of our comfortable lead.

“I don’t think we can look back and say our heads dropped. Even when they equalised and when they scored their third goal, I still felt we were creating good chances. But, the players need to learn from this game. We can’t let a lead like that slip, and we need to manage it better at times.

“Ultimately, if we’re going to be successful this season, particularly when we are away from home, we need to ensure we get something from the game when we are so comfortably in front like that. That was the message to the players at full time, and we need to respond well to this at Harrogate on Saturday.”

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