Critchley: A Close Game With Not Much In It

Neil Critchley felt his side were unfortunate to come away from the match with Nottingham Forest with nothing to show for their efforts.

The Seasiders tasted defeat at the City Ground in a narrow 2-1 loss, but the Blackpool Head Coach didn't think there was much difference between the two sides.

"I thought it was a close match and there wasn't much in the game," he said.

"I thought in the first half we struggled with the rhythm of the game. We didn't put enough pressure on the ball, and we didn't deal with the diagonal. Having said that, I think we grew into the half and in the last 15 minutes I thought we could quite easily have equalised going into half-time.

"In the second half, we equalised and it was a good response from the group. We're in the match, and we're hopeful that with the momentum behind us, we could maybe go in front. But they're a good side and good on the counter-attack and got the second goal, which was a bit of good fortune. Marvin's intercepted it and it's fallen for the player right inside the six yard box.

"I thought our response to going behind again was a bit disappointing. We lacked a bit of intelligence and decision making on the ball. We huffed and puffed, but it was a disappointing end to the game for us."

With Critchley forced into several changes for the match, Dujon Sterling and Keshi Anderson were also notable absentees.

"Dujon's been ill recently, so he's missed the last few days of training. Hopefully he'll be ok after the weekend. Keshi had a family matter and will hopefully be back for Wednesday's game."

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