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Critchley: A Pleasing And Hard-Fought Win

2 February 2021

Neil Critchley was particularly pleased with his side’s defending against a strong, physical side in the 2-0 victory over Northampton Town.

The Seasiders made it back-to-back wins and clean sheets in the victory to climb up to 12th place in the table – just six points outside of the play-offs at the half way stage.

“It was a pleasing victory and another win to add to our tally,” Critchley said.

“They’re a difficult side to defend against – they commit a lot of men forward and can overload your backline. I thought we defended their long balls, set-pieces, corners, free-kicks and long throw-ins magnificently well.

“I think we could have showed better composure at times, particularly in the second half around the box. We were shooting when we maybe could have made that extra pass to set us free, so that’s something to work on.

“You have to compete for first balls and second balls a lot against Northampton, and if you don’t do that they can gain momentum and get on top of you. When you have the ball against them, you have to change your mindset a little bit and have that composure, and that’s the area we needed to be more effective in on the night.”

“Having said that, we produced two moments of real quality that have decided the game for us and it’s a good victory which we can take into Saturday’s game at Ipswich.”

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