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Critchley: A Mixed Range Of Emotions

27 March 2021

Neil Critchley was disappointed with his side’s first-half performance in the 2-2 draw with Plymouth, but felt their reaction in the second half was much more like the side we have seen in recent weeks.

The Seasiders went in a goal behind on Saturday afternoon, after Ryan Hardie’s strike on his return to Bloomfield Road. A second half fightback from Blackpool with goals from Sullay Kaikai and Jerry Yates followed before Joe Edwards' late equaliser in the final minutes of the game forced Neil Critchley’s men to settle for a point.

“It’s a difficult one to look at over the course of the 90 minutes,” Critchley said.

“We were well off it in the first half. Plymouth were much the better team and caused us plenty of problems. We were thankful we came in just one goal behind at half-time.

“In the second half, we were dominant. We came out flying and deservedly went 2-1 up, and had some opportunities to score a third. We just weren’t ruthless enough to get that important third goal and then you always run the risk of paying the price for that.

“We’ve had a really tough schedule lately, with plenty of games week-in, week-out, so I can’t fault the players effort. Plymouth had a free week this week, and I think that showed at times.

“Overall, I was disappointed in the first half, as that wasn’t us and how we know we can play. I was really pleased with the second half performance, and it keeps the unbeaten run going, which is good to see.”

Meanwhile, Neil Critchley also confirmed after the game that CJ Hamilton and Matty Virtue will miss the rest of the season with metatarsal and ACL injuries. The Club wishes both players the very best in their recoveries.

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