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Critchley: We’re Eager To Get Going

17 May 2021

Neil Critchley is expecting two good sides to come up against each other, as the Seasiders travel to Oxford United in the League One play-off semi-finals, first leg on Tuesday evening.

Blackpool travel to the Kassam Stadium for a 6pm kick-off with the return leg taking place at Bloomfield Road just three days later on Friday evening.

With the side having a rare break of over a week since their last match, the Blackpool Head Coach has used the time wisely with his players.

“Getting the balance right over this past week has been really important,” Critchley said.

“We knew after the Bristol Rovers game that we had over a week without a fixture, so we always had a plan. Getting that balance right between rest, work, relaxation and preparation is key. We’re all really eager to get going for what will be two really tough matches.

“You have to look at these two matches a bit differently,” he continued.

“You have to focus on the things you can control – what you can guarantee and what you can bring onto the pitch, but there might be areas that you haven’t faced before this season.

“The prospect of playing back in front of supporters again is something we are all looking forward to as well as the games being live on television, so there’s a few changes to what would be a regular game.

“These games are full of emotion and drama. The psychological aspect of these games is different to your normal league game, but we’re ready, excited and looking forward to it.”


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