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Critchley: Deja Vu

Seasiders' Head Coach On Defeat To Shrewsbury

24 April 2021

Neil Critchley felt a sense of déjà vu after Blackpool fell to a second 1-0 defeat inside a week.

The Seasiders’ Head Coach saw parallels within his side’s performance, as the opposition once again changed formation to frustrate the team in attack.

“It felt a little bit like Tuesday night, to be honest with you. I thought we started reasonably well, on the front foot and controlling the game. They changed their shape and put everyone behind the ball. It was up to us to break that down, and we couldn’t do that,” Critchley said.

“In the second-half, we created some good opportunities and if we take one of them when the it’s 0-0, then the game changes. Unfortunately, we didn’t.  

“The goal is a real poor goal to concede from a set-piece because we’ve been good defending set-pieces this season.

“It was bitterly disappointing and frustrating.”

The loss was Blackpool’s first at Bloomfield Road since October, though the team remain in the play-off positions and must bounce back with four matches left to play.

“That’s all we can do. Unfortunately, the home record has gone, but that might just reinvigorate us a little bit.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and this proves it. We’ve got to roll our sleeves up, show the character we did at the start of the season and make sure we finish strongly in these next four games,” he added.

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