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Critchley: We Deserved A Win

13 April 2021

Neil Critchley was pleased with how his side fought against a strong and resolute side in the 0-0 draw with Accrington, and felt Blackpool were the better side throughout the match.

The Seasiders were held at bay by Accrington goalkeeper Toby Savin, who made several key saves in the game, with Luke Garbutt also striking the post in the second half. Chris Maxwell then made a superb penalty save late on to keep Blackpool’s unbeaten run intact, which now stands at 15 games.

“I was quite pleased with how we played and feel if any team deserved to win then it was us,” Critchley said.

“I thought our start to the game was very good and we had a big chance early on through Sullay Kaikai, which if we take that then maybe the game completely changes. From there on in we found it hard to break them down at times.

“They were very competitive but our desire to pass the ball and for our team to do the things we want them to do was evident to see. We just didn’t make it happen in the final third.”

Neil Critchley was particularly full of praise for Blackpool’s captain, Chris Maxwell, who made a late penalty save after having very little to do throughout the game.

“Big players produce big moments, and that was a big moment for us,” Critchley said.

“It was a great save and it would have been a travesty if we lost the game, particularly in that fashion. It could prove to be a big save and a big point come the end of the season, so we’re thankful Chris was there when he was called upon.”

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