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Critchley: We Showed A Real Determination

17 April 2021

Neil Critchley praised his side’s spirit and determination in the 1-0 win over Sunderland.

The Seasiders are now five points clear of seventh place, after Saturday’s 1-0 win, thanks to Luke Garbutt’s deflected effort on the hour mark.

“I thought it was a close game with two good teams against each other,” Critchley said.

“Sunderland have a fantastic away record and don’t concede many goals, so we knew it was going to be a game of fine margins. I thought we had the better opportunities in the first half, and then their best moment was when McGeady hit the post in the second half.

“We then responded really well to that and got the vital goal. We then had to withstand quite a lot of pressure, but we showed real grit, determination and defended the goal really well, which is really pleasing.”

The Blackpool Head Coach was also full of praise for his side on their defensive record, after they picked up another clean sheet in the win.

“I thought we were defensively very good through the game,” Critchley said.

“Sunderland hit quite a lot of long balls up to the frontmen, and that can be hard to deal with. We had to withstand a good amount of pressure, and we’ve shown that defensively as a group that we can deal with that. It’s another pleasing aspect of the game.”

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