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Critchley: The Team Is Continuously Improving

4 February 2021

Neil Critchley feels it’s been a pleasing season so far, as Blackpool enter the half way stage of their 20/21 campaign.

The Seasiders climbed up to 12th in the Sky Bet League One table on Tuesday evening thanks to a 2-0 win over Northampton Town, with Marvin Ekpiteta and Jerry Yates getting on the scoresheet again. With the side now just six points off of the play-offs after 23 games played, Critchley feels the side are steadily improving as the season progresses.

“I think it’s been a satisfactory first half of the season, though we can do better,” Critchley said.

“Looking back at the early part of the season, I feel we didn’t get the results we deserved in certain matches, given how well we played. I believe, therefore, that we could have had a few more points than we have at the moment.

“We’re a working progress and we’re improving. I believe with the strength of the squad that we have here, we can improve on the points tally we have so far over the course of the second half of the season. If we do that, then we won’t be too far away from where we want to be at the end of the season.”

With the transfer window now closed, Critchley knows all of the players he will now have at his disposal for the second half of the campaign, with Deadline Day signing Elliot Embleton one of the new faces brought in in January.

“Elliot is a player I’ve been aware of for a number of years and I believe he’s an excellent player,” Critchley said.

“My previous knowledge of Elliot’s ability helped in that situation in bringing him to the football club. He can play in a number of positions, can bring goals to the team and he’s an energetic midfield player who can attack and get forward. Everyone you speak to says he’s a really good character, so I think he will be a great person to have in the squad too.”

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