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Critchley: We Need To Show The Same Passion, Aggression And Intensity

20 April 2021

Neil Critchley is wary of Tuesday night’s opponents, as the Seasiders travel to relegation threatened Rochdale.

The Dale are five points from safety in Sky Bet League One with just five matches to play, though they have won their last two home matches, giving themselves a fighting-chance of staying in the division.

Looking ahead to Tuesday’s match at the Crown Oil Arena, the Blackpool Head Coach is expecting another tough match for his side.

“There are six games to go with a maximum of 18 points to play for,” Critchley said.

“It will be another tough match at Rochdale on Tuesday. They’re a side that is fighting for their lives in this division, and when I watch Rochdale play it’s easy to see they have really picked up lately. They come into Tuesday’s game on the back of two victories, so they will be in a buoyant mood, and they have become a team that’s quite difficult to beat lately.

“You’ve got to give credit to the manager and the players for turning that around lately. Rochdale have a good squad and when I look at them, I think they’re better than their league position suggests. If they keep performing the way they are, then I expect them to get out of the situation that they currently find themselves in.

“We know we need to be prepared on Tuesday night. If we don’t go there and play with the passion, aggression and intensity we have shown on a consistent basis lately, then it will be tough for us. It has the makings of a really good game.”

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