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Critchley: Bitterly Disappointing To Concede So Late

6 March 2021

Neil Critchley was left frustrated Blackpool couldn’t see out the victory in a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

The Seasiders took the lead on the hour mark thanks to Ellis Simms’ goal, before Ollie Palmer’s late equaliser in added time made it back-to-back home draws for Blackpool.

“There’s a range of frustrating emotions having conceded so late on,” the Head Coach said.

“When you concede so late in the day, it feels like you’ve been beaten at times. I don’t think we started the game well for the first 15 minutes in particular, which is something we need to look at and reflect upon, but I think we grew into the game from there on-in.

“We created some good chances towards the back end of the first half and at the start of the second. I felt we scored when we were on top, but then stopped doing the things that got us in that position.

“We should’ve defended the goal better, and we could’ve done that by keeping the ball better. Sometimes the best form of defence is to go on the attack.

“It’s bitterly disappointing to only pick up a point, but there’s still plenty of games to go and plenty of points to play for. We have to quickly learn from this, and make amends on Tuesday night.”

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