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Critchley: Let's Stick Together

11 October 2020

Neil Critchley insisted his side will stick together and continue to work and push on following Saturday’s defeat against Ipswich Town.

Despite a spirited second half performance, the Seasiders fell short on a difficult afternoon at Bloomfield Road as Ipswich Town continued their impressive start to the 20/21 campaign.

Reflecting on the performance, Critchley believed the final score failed to reflect the full 90 minutes.

“ I thought in the first 10-15 minutes we were the better side and the first time they got into our penalty box, they scored," he said.

"We seem to be getting punished for every mistake we make and I thought we were the better team for large periods of the first half, so it was tough to take.

“I thought our response in the second half was excellent. We had lots of crosses and balls into the box, but it didn’t quite fall for us. I thought the players gave everything in the second half, being aggressive and showed real belief.”

Despite the result, the gaffer insists it is important the group stick together ahead of their next League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra.

“The players are hurting in there,” Critchley said.

“I don’t think they’re getting what they deserve at the moment. We have to stick together, work hard and remain positive and that’s what we’ll do next week leading into the Crewe game.”

Critchley also praised the performance of Gary Madine, with the Blackpool forward scoring his first goal of the season.

“I thought his general all round play was very good. They had difficulty handling him, he was a really good focal point of our attacks and I’m delighted he’s got off the mark with that goal.

“He was working his socks off right to the end, pressing the defenders and goalkeeper until the last minute. He performed well."

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