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Critchley: Aiming To Build Attacking Identity

20 October 2020

Neil Critchley insists that he wants his team to build an attacking identity, with the Blackpool Head Coach insisting his side must be more clinical if they are to get the points they merit.

Ahead of tonight’s clash against Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road, Critchley admitted that his players have controlled most games this season and believes new signings Ben Woodburn and Kenny Dougall could play a key part in bringing some added creativity to his side.

“In lots of games so far this season, we’ve dominated the ball and forced teams to defend in numbers and low behind the ball. It’s hard to break opposition down that have 10-11 players behind the ball.

“We’ve always been the team that’s controlled our games so far this season. We need to make sure we find a solution to unlock the door. I think Ben (Woodburn) and Kenny (Dougall) will help our other players to do that in the future,” Critchley continued.

“We want to be a team that dominates the ball and be on the front foot. We reduced Crewe to very little in the game. We didn’t want to defend the point; we wanted to go and win the game.”

Reflecting on his side’s performances in recent outings, Critchley is confident that his side will turn their positive performances into results.

“That’s what we want to be, home or away, we want to build an identity where we attack in every moment of the game.”

“I’m sure that, when we have the time to implement that, then the supporters will really appreciate a team that is always on the front foot and creating chances.”

With Charlton Athletic's visit kickstarting a busy few months for the Seasiders, Critchley is wary of the visitors’ threat, but believes Blackpool can more than match Lee Bowyer’s side.

“We want to test ourselves against good opposition. We’re ready and I firmly believe that we are good opposition and that it’ll be a really good game on Tuesday.

“They’ve got some good players and have added to that. I think they’re looking for that consistency a bit like us and how to work as a team collectively. “They’re a strong team and they’re going to have aspirations of going straight back up to the Championship."


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