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Critchley: A Good Test of Character

We'll Learn More About The Players, Says Head Coach

23 October 2020

Neil Critchley insists a testing start to the season could highlight the character within his new-look Blackpool squad.

The Seasiders face MK Dons this weekend aiming to pick up a second league win of the season and start climbing the table.

“If you look at the positive things that can come out of the situation that we’re in, that’s maybe one of the things (the character) you can ascertain maybe quicker than what you would if you were winning every week,” Pool’s Head Coach said.

“Sometimes winning can hide a multitude of sins, so we’re going to learn a little bit more about the players and the players that have come in.

“This is just a period that we’re in at the moment. I hope it’s a period we look back on at the end of the season and think it was actually a good thing we went through that period. It doesn’t feel like that, but it could be. It’s up to us to change that mood and that feeling within the squad at the moment.”

One player who certainly stood up to the challenge in midweek was Arsenal loanee Dan Ballard, who stepped off the bench with a Man of the Match performance against Charlton Athletic.

“To be thrown into the fray after a minute, when there was no time to prepare or give him too much information, I thought his performance was very good. He was really mature, really assured and competed very well. I was really pleased with how he did.”

Now hoping to retain his place, Ballard could make his first start in tangerine against an MK Dons side that is searching for similar result improvements.

“They’re trying to find some consistency to their performance, a bit like ourselves. They have got a clear way of playing and they cause problems for a lot of teams. They’re a very possession-based team that want to control the game, and they’re very good at it. They’ve scored goals, but they’ve conceded a few as well,” Critchley added.

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