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Critchley: Strong Belief In The Group

3 October 2020

Neil Critchley has full confidence that his Blackpool side can turn results in their favour following Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Lincoln City.

Despite being in front twice, the Seasiders fell to a defeat after two late goals from Jorge Grant and Lewis Montsma earned the visitors all three points at Bloomfield Road.

Reflecting on the performance, Critchley admitted it was a tough result to take.

“I think the most disappointing aspect was losing the game from the position we were in. We were down to ten men, but it was important we looked to stay tight and get a draw from the game and we didn’t do that, so it was difficult to take,” he said.

“I thought we played very well in the first half, the team were on the front foot and we scored a good goal. Individual errors cost us in the end which is disappointing.”

Despite the result, the gaffer remains confident that his players can turn their performances into results.

“We’ve got to stick with what we’re doing, keep believing in what we’re trying to achieve. I’ve still got plenty of belief in the group that we will turn this around. It’s not been the start we’ve wanted to get off to, but we’re four games in and there’s 42 to go so we’ve got to stick together and I’m confident the results will turn in our favour.

“It’s a group that is still in transition, but I’ve got my full faith in them to turn those types of performances today into victories soon,” Critchley continued.

Critchley also stated the importance of his side looking to bounce back as they prepare for their EFL Trophy clash against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday.

“I think we’ll look to make changes. It’s important we give players an opportunity to play and show what they can do. It’s a competition we want to do well in and it’s a chance for us to bounce back, so we’re hoping to go there and pick up a positive result.”

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