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Critchley: Prepared and Ready For Plymouth

Head Coach on Pool's Latest Fixture

26 March 2021

Neil Critchley is looking forward to seeing how his Blackpool side fares against Plymouth Argyle this weekend, having last faced the Pilgrims in the opening game of the season.

The Seasiders head into the fixture on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One, which has resulted in the team moving up to sixth in the division.

Back in September, the campaign started with a defeat at Home Park for new-look Blackpool, with the performance in no way matching the result.

“We were dominant in that game and just couldn’t score. We played brilliantly well on the day and our only criticism was that we didn’t turn our superiority into goals. Their goalkeeper had a very good day,” Critchley said.

“That game sort of typified our next few games and our start to the season, where I felt we were performing well but not getting the results we deserved.”

That result, and the ones that followed, certainly tested the resolve in the squad and helped the players come out of the situation stronger.

“That could have been a good thing for us,” Critchley remarked. “We learnt a lot about each other – me, the staff and the players – and sometimes you have to come through tough times to show your strength of character. I felt we did.

“Since then, we have been really consistent with how we’ve played and we’re picking up good momentum at a good time, but we’re not getting carried away. You can move up in this division quickly because it’s so tight, but that also means you can move down as well. We just focus on our process and planning to be ready for our next game against Plymouth,” he added.


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