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Critchley: Fans Coming Back To Bloomfield Road Will Give Us Massive Lift

18 September 2020

Neil Critchley is delighted to see football slowly returning to a sense of normality, with 1,000 fans to be admitted into Bloomfield Road for Saturday’s League One fixture against Swindon Town.

After six months of playing behind closed doors, the Club were delighted to confirm that 1000 Season Ticket holders will be admitted into Saturday’s game, with the match being one of seven fixtures that are trialing the Pilot Scheme.

Blackpool will be looking to claim their first win of the 20/21 season after their narrow defeat to Plymouth Argyle in their League One opener. Critchley admits that the news has given his squad a massive boost ahead of the game.

"It’s given everyone a tremendous lift. I think it’s good for the game in general, but it’s also great for us because we get to sample it ourselves. For us to be one of those clubs to get the football world back to normality is a huge step in the right direction.

"I’ve got to say the club have been unbelievable in this short period of time in making sure our ground is ready. The players and staff will undoubtedly appreciate the support we get on Saturday and I’m sure the supporters will be desperate to get back themselves. Hopefully, the staff and players can give the supporters something to be really proud of on Saturday, it will be great to share it with them again.

After a strong start to their League One return, Critchley admits that Swindon Town will be a tough test for the Seasiders, but one that he believes his players are capable of overcoming.

"It’ll be a tough game for us. Of course, playing any newly-promoted team is difficult, because of the momentum they built up from their previous season. We found that out against Plymouth last weekend.

"They had a good victory last week, they play some good attacking football and like to pass the ball like we do, so it should be a really entertaining game of football. If we can produce a similar level of performance to what we did last week, then I'm hopeful that we can pick up a better result."

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