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Critchley: Important We Show Our Togetherness

16 October 2020

Neil Critchley has stressed the importance of his side showing their togetherness and spirit, as Blackpool look to respond against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

After suffering a 4-1 defeat against Ipswich Town at Bloomfield Road in their previous League One encounter, Critchley admitted his players have responded well in training this week and are determined to put their recent run of form firmly behind them.

"The players have responded well in training this week. They’re hurting from the start we’ve made, and they want to improve.

"It’s massively important that we show some togetherness and spirit, we can’t change what’s happened, but we can control what happens in the future," Critchley said.

Ahead of his return to his old stomping ground, the gaffer admitted it will be a difficult test for the Seasiders, with the Railwaymen winning their last three outings at the Alexandra Stadium.

"I spent a large part of my coaching journey at Crewe, I’ve got a lot of respect for the Club and the people involved.

"They’ve got players who have come through their academy, so they’ve got a deep, collective understanding of the way they play their game. If they play the way they want to, they’re dangerous team to play," Critchley continued.

"They’re very strong at home, they have a clear way of playing. We’ve got to try and minimize that threat, but at the same time we think we can go there and cause them some problems too. I think it’ll be a good game; we’ve got to improve so I’m looking forward to the occasion."

Touching on a busy period for Blackpool, Critchley believes he has a strong squad at his disposal to pick up some victories and climb up the League table.

"We’ve got a busy period coming up, so the squad will be utilized. Freshness is really important fore the way we want to play, so the players’ recovery is fundamental over the next few weeks. I’m confident with the squad that we’ve got that we’ll be ready to play our way in whatever game we play in.

"There’s plenty of games to go, football can change very quickly and our aim is to do that on Saturday."

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