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Critchley: An Exciting But Tough Match Awaits

22 January 2021

Neil Critchley is looking forward to seeing how his side fair against another Premier League opponent, as Blackpool travel to Brighton and Hove Albion in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Seasiders reward for defeating West Bromwich Albion in the previous round is a trip to the south coast this weekend, and the Blackpool Head Coach is aware it will be another tough match.

“It’s an exciting game, and another tough test for the side,” Critchley said.

“On paper, you’d like to think it will be an entertaining game given how both sides like to play. However, no match is played on paper and we know we’re coming up against a really strong opponent.

“They’re a very well-coached side, and play good possession based football, which can cause problems. I’ve got a lot of respect for Graham Potter and his coaching staff for the job they re doing.”

One player who could make his debut in the match at the AMEX Stadium is striker Ellis Simms, who joined the Club on loan from Everton earlier in the week.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Ellis to the Club for the remainder of the season,” Critchley said.

“He had a number of options available to him and he felt this was the right Club for him to make the next stage in his development. I’ve known him for a number of years from when he was coming through the ranks at Everton, and I believe he’s ready for this next step in his career.”

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