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Critchley: We Want To Progress As Far As We Can

Head Coach Previews Emirates FA Cup Tie At Harrogate

27 November 2020

Neil Critchley hopes Blackpool’s run in the Emirates FA Cup can continue this weekend, as the Seasiders face Harrogate Town.

Progress in the competition is important to Pool’s Head Coach, who is also seeking the right response to Tuesday’s defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

“It gives us a chance to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointment. We had a good result and good performance in the first round and we know this is going to be equally as tough, if not harder, than the first round,” Critchley said.

“Our aim is to progress as far as we can in this competition. We want to be in the third round draw come Monday night.”

The hosts, newly promoted to Sky Bet League Two under manager Simon Weaver, will be out to cause an upset and reach the next stage for the first time in their history.

“Simon’s been there now for a number of years and the Club and team has steadily improved – and that’s great credit to the work that they’ve been doing,” Critchley insisted.

“The team has improved, and it’s improved for a reason. They’ve obviously got out of the National League with promotion and are acquitting themselves really well in the Football League this season.

“We have to be ready for what they bring and if we’re not, then they’re more than capable of giving you a tough test.”

The added incentive to both clubs of reaching round three is also the potential of drawing Premier League opposition.

“That’s what we want, and that’s what everyone wants, including Harrogate as well. We’ve got history in this competition, it’s an important competition for us. Our aim is to be in that draw on Monday night. We’re focused on the game and come 3pm on Saturday, we’ll be ready.”


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