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Critchley: Good Test For Us

9 October 2020

Neil Critchley believes the visit of Ipswich Town to Bloomfield Road will show how far his team has come, as Blackpool look to record their second win of the 20/21 season.

Despite the Seasiders winning one of their first four League One matches, Critchley’s side have had plenty of positives to take after some encouraging team performances.

Blackpool were left frustrated yet again last time out as Lincoln City scored a last minute winner to condemn the hosts to their second consecutive league defeat. Reflecting ahead of Saturday’s clash against Paul Lambert’s Ipswich, the gaffer is looking forward to the challenge and believes it will be a good indicator of how far his side have come.

“They’ve had a really strong start to the season. They’re a big club in this division, so I’m sure they’ll have aspirations of being at the top end of the table this season,” he said.

“The game will be a good test for us, it’ll give us a good barometer of where we’re going to be ourselves and our own aspirations this season. If we want to be up there at the end of the season, then we’re going to have to compete and get results against teams like Ipswich.”

The gaffer also touched on a busy month ahead for Blackpool, but admitted he is confident the results will turn in the Club’s favour.

“Performance wise so far, there’s been lots to be pleased about,” Critchley insisted.

“I don’t think we’ve got the results our performances have merited, however there is still things we can improve and learn on from all the games.

“I’m confident if we keep performing the way we are, then eventually the results will turn in our favour and we can pick up some quick wins in a short period of time.”

Critchley also reflected on his new defensive signings in Daniel Ballard and Daníel Grétarsson, admitting they will bring healthy competition to the group.

“It’s an area we wanted to strengthen. It’s important to have competition in every department.

“Dan Ballard is a player I’ve been aware of coming through the academy at Arsenal. He’s a commanding and aggressive centre-half.

“Grétarsson has been on our radar for a number of months. So, we’re delighted to finally have him here. He’ll take a while to adapt but I’m really excited to have both of them here and I can’t wait to work with them.”

Critchley also provided a squad update ahead of Saturday’s game at Bloomfield Road.

“Sullay (Kaikai) has been back on the grass for a few days doing some ball specific movements. With 48 hours to go, we’re still hopeful that he can make the squad as he’s an important player for us.

“Oli Sarkic had to come off against Accrington the other night. He’s had a scan and we’re waiting for the results on that. So, he will be a doubt for the game at this moment in time.”

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