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Critchley: Better In The Second Half

16 March 2021

Neil Critchley felt the Seasiders were a much-improved outfit in the second half in the 1-1 draw with Burton Albion.

The Brewers led at half-time, but Blackpool pegged the visitors back through Luke Garbutt’s first goal for the Club.

“We didn’t get going in the first half an hour of the game, that’s for sure,” he said.

“They deservedly took the lead, and that seemed to shake us into life. The last ten minutes of the first half, we started to play good football and began to show the problems we could create them.

“We made a few slight changes at half-time. We expressed what we thought we should improve upon and I thought the players demonstrated that really well.

“We got a deserved equaliser and were on top. Burton play with high energy and are strong without the ball, and try to stop you playing. If you can be brave and move them around then you open up the space and that’s why we brought Elliot on at half-time.

“We were finding those gaps and the spaces better and we were getting into their defensive third often.

“When we scored, I thought if we carried on doing the same things with the momentum we had, we would’ve gone on to win the game, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.”

Young Academy star Brad Holmes made the matchday squad for the game as an unused substitute, and Critchley explained how the young striker deserved his place in the squad.

“It was a really nice moment for Brad,” he said.

“He’s scored a lot of goals in the youth team this season, and he’s been doing really well. He’s developing well and we felt it was the right time to bring him into the squad tonight. I’m sure in the next few games he can be in and around the squad and he might appear at some point.”

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