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Critchley: A Frustrating Result But Pleased With Performance

13 March 2021

Neil Critchley felt it was two points dropped for the Seasiders in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town.

Both sides threatened the goal at Bloomfield Road in a tight affair, with CJ Hamilton coming closest to breaking the deadlock in the second half after smacking the post.

Reflecting on the point, Neil Critchley felt his side performed well but just couldn’t break a strong Fleetwood defence down.

“I’m frustrated with the result, but not our performance,” he said.

“A lot of aspects of our game were good. We played some really good football, particularly in the second half, and we had lots of opportunities and shots on goal. A lot of our approach play was really good, and we had lots of control for large periods of the game.

“We just weren’t able to break down their defensive rearguard. If we’d have done that, then I think the game becomes different and one goal could quite easily become two. We were guilty of not turning our domination into goals.”

Despite not being able to find a crucial goal, the Seasiders were strong at the back once again, picking up another clean sheet to add to their total.

“I don’t think Chris Maxwell had much to save in the game,” Critchley said.

“It was a real battle between the forwards and defence at times, and that’s what’s limited both sides to few shots on goal.

“We’re nearly there for the defensive and attacking side to knit together. I thought the defensive organisation was spot on, and we had a good control of the game. We just lacked that final ball or finish in the final third, and it’s important we refocus and learn form that moving forward.”

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