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Critchley: A Great Day For The Club

9 January 2021

Neil Critchley was thrilled with his side’s display in the penalty shootout victory over West Brom in the Emirates FA Cup.

The Seasiders more than matched their Premier League opponents on Saturday, taking the lead twice with goals from Jerry Yates and Gary Madine.

Despite the Baggies fighting back with two goals, the Seasiders stood firm and reached the fourth round of the competition, thanks to three miraculous penalty saves from Chris Maxwell.

“It’s a great day for us, for the Club and the supporters,” Critchley said.

“We went toe-to-toe with Premier League opposition and more than matched them for entirety of the game. To a man, from Chris Maxwell with his penalty saves to all of the lads who came on as substitutes, they couldn’t have given any more.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to bits. It’s a real shame the supporters weren’t there with us, but hopefully they’re proud of what they saw the team produce.”

The Blackpool Head Coach paid particular tribute to Club captain Chris Maxwell, who saved the three penalties to see the side through, having just returned to the side after suffering from Coronavirus.

“It was an up and down time for Maxi recently,” Critchley said.

“He wasn’t well for a few days, but it shows you the strength of character he has to come back and produce a performance like that. That’s why he’s our captain and our leader. He trains so hard and leads by example, and I’m delighted for him.

“We’re thrilled to get through to the next round and we’ll look forward to the draw on Monday.”

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