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Critchley: Didn’t Get What We Deserved

12 September 2020

Neil Critchley was left frustrated after Blackpool fell to a defeat in their 20/21 season opener against Plymouth Argyle, despite the visitors controlling large parts of the game.

The Seasiders fell to a narrow defeat at Home Park with Luke Jephcott’s first-half header proving to be the difference between the two sides, but Critchley’s side will have a lot of positives to take.

Reflecting on the game, Critchley praised his players and their application over the course of the 90 minutes.

“I thought we played really well for long periods of the game.

“We created some good opportunities and didn’t take them. Their goalkeeper has played very well and produced some top saves to deny us. I thought it was two good teams, but I don’t think we deserved to lose the game today.”

The gaffer also praised Plymouth and their defensive display, with the Pilgrims’ resolute defending preventing the Seasiders from scoring on multiple occasions.

“They had something to hang onto, so that made it difficult,” Critchley said.

“I was very impressed with them. Their organization was good, and they defended very well, which made life hard for us in our search for the equalising goal.

“We had a few moments where crosses were flashing across the box, but it wasn’t quite falling for us. It was a frustrating afternoon, but one we must reflect on ahead of next week’s game against Swindon Town.

“When I go back through the game, we’ve got a lot of positives to take from it. I think if we play in that manner for the rest of the season we’re going to win games in this division and be a hard team to play against like we were today. It’s just not gone for us unfortunately.”

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