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Grétarsson: Feel Like I’m Improving Every Game

Defender On Recent Run Of Form And Adapting To English Football.

18 November 2020

Daníel Grétarsson believes he is improving every week, with the Blackpool defender making a solid start to life in Tangerine after his arrival from Aalesund in October.

The defender, who joined Blackpool on transfer deadline day, has made an impressive start to life in Tangerine, after making his League One bow against Burton Albion in October.

Blackpool’s Iceland international has played his part in Blackpool’s turnaround in form, with the Seasiders winning four consecutive games in all competitions and keeping three clean sheets in the process.

Reflecting on the transition of playing his football in England, Grétarsson insists he is continuing to learn and make progress every day.

“It’s been enjoyable since I’ve been here. It’s taken time to adapt to the different style of football that I’m used to,” he said.

“The football in Norway is not as physical as here, there’s not as many duels. It’s taken time to get used to the different physicality in England, but I feel like I’m improving in every game I play.

“It’s a very unpredictable league. There’s been a lot of surprising results so far this season, any team can beat anyone. We’ve just got to make sure we’re prepared and ready for every game.

After becoming one of many summer signings at Bloomfield Road, the 25-year-old said that he is enjoying life under Neil Critchley, and admitted that the Head Coach was a major factor in his decision to play his football in England.

“Before I came here, he talked to me about how he wanted me to play and I liked that. He’s been really helpful on helping me with things I need to work on every day.

“He knows what he wants from the players this season. We all know that we need to take responsibility on the pitch and fight for each other,” he added. “I just look forward to the future with the team and the coach too.”

After making his League One debut in Tangerine, Grétarsson was then handed his FA Cup debut in Blackpool’s 3-0 win against Eastbourne Borough. Despite a physical battle, the defender loved the occasion and is relishing more opportunities in the prestigious competition.

“As a young kid, I grew up watching the FA Cup. It was a great feeling for me to play my first game in the competition.

“We had to fight until our break came. We knew that once we scored the first goal, we would be more comfortable from there,” he added. We’re looking forward to the next one against Harrogate Town, and I hope there will be many more this season for us.”

Blackpool are most certainly starting to unlock their potential and talent within the squad, and Grétarsson believes that the players are more than capable of continuing their impressive recent run of form.

“With the team and the ability that we have, we can go into every game and think that we can get maximum points.

“The competition in the squad keeps you on your toes. We all know that we have to deliver and work hard to earn our place on the pitch. If not, someone else steps into your position.

“I just need to keep taking my chances on the pitch and keep working hard for the team.”


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