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Critchley: We’ll Show The Right Response

1 January 2021

Neil Critchley is expecting his side to bounce back from the loss at Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening, in Saturday’s visit to Bristol Rovers.

The Seasiders suffered their first defeat in eight matches in mid-week, and the Head Coach is pleased the next match has followed quickly.

“It helps that this game has come around so quickly after Tuesday’s game,” Critchley said.

“We were all disappointed in the result. It wasn’t our greatest performance, that’s for certain. We need to improve on certain areas during Saturday’s game, and I believe when we take to the field at the weekend we will show the right response.

“One thing I don’t doubt in this squad is their resilience and their spirit. This group of players have a tremendous togetherness and I hope to see an improvement from Tuesday night.”

Saturday’s hosts, who themselves have had matches postponed in recent weeks due to the effects of the pandemic, will be a tough opponent, boosted by the appointment of a new manager.

“On the analysis that we have done on them, they are a hard team to predict,” Critchley said.

“Paul Tisdale has gone in there, picked up a few results and then their schedule was disrupted because of Coronavirus. Paul will be looking for a good response, but we have to focus on ourselves, on our team and what we need to improve on from Tuesday night. Those are the things that we will be concentrating on.”

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