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Critchley: Decision Making And Quality Let Us Down At Crucial Moments

2 March 2021

Neil Critchley felt his side started off slowly in the opening stages of the 1-1 draw with Crewe.

The Seasiders took a half-time lead at Bloomfield Road thanks to Dan Ballard’s header, but were pegged back late on with Crewe scoring an 86th minute equaliser to take a share of the spoils.

“I didn’t think we were at out best in the game,” Critchley said.

“I thought Crewe were the better team for the first 20 minutes, but we grew into the game. We scored a really good goal from a corner, which is something we’ve been working on. It was a great delivery from Luke Garbutt and a fantastic header from Danny Ballard. I’m delighted that the work we’ve put in on set-pieces lately paid off with that goal.”

Reflecting on the slow start to the game, Critchley felt Crewe deserved credit for how they set-up.

“Crewe overloaded the middle of the pitch, put a lot of balls in there and pushed onto our backline well,” he said.

“I don’t think we quite got our organisation right with how we wanted to press the opponents, and that’s something we addressed at half-time. As the game went on, I don’t think Crewe had that many opportunities at goal so we did well to nullify their threats at time.

“Ultimately, it’s a point to add to our tally and we’ll move onto Saturday.”

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