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Critchley: A Game We Shouldn’t Have Lost

2 January 2021

Neil Critchley was left frustrated as to how his Blackpool side left the Memorial Stadium with nothing to show for their efforts in the 2-1 defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Despite creating numerous chances throughout the match, Blackpool couldn’t convert them into goals and ultimately lost out thanks to the host’s quickfire brace late in the first half.

“It’s a game we should never have lost, and I'm amazed how we have come away from the game without at least a point," the Head Coach said.

“We got off to the perfect start through Gary Madine’s goal and I think we had good bit of play and got in and around the penalty area throughout the first half, but then a mistake has cost us the first goal and the second goal was a good finish from their player.

“At that point you’re 2-1 down despite them not really being in your half or threatening the goal, so we told the boys in the dressing room if we keep doing what we’re doing then it will come down to what we do in the final third. All our play until the penalty area was excellent, and unfortunately that is what’s decided the game for us.”

Reflecting on why the side struggled to convert their chances, Critchley believes that was down to a variety of things.

“We tried different personnel in the game, our delivery at times such as the cross into the box, the final pass, most of the time was found wanting. Or, when we put a good ball in, it was the finish that wasn’t there.

“We were by far the better team and created the vast amount of chances, but what happens in both boxes decides the game and we didn’t do well enough in front of the goal to get anything from the game.”

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