Critchley: A Cruel Way To Finish The Game

Neil Critchley felt his side deserved much more from the game in Saturday's late 2-1 defeat at Millwall.

The Seasiders competed throughout the match at the Den, despite being down to ten men for 75 minutes of the match after Callum Connolly was dismissed early on. The Seasiders even took the lead in the second half, but ended up leaving the Den with nothing, after Jed Wallace's free-kick and Jake Cooper's late winner.

"Football can be a cruel game at times," he said.

"It's not a nice way to end a football match, but I've got nothing but praise for my team after that performance. To come away from home to a place like Millwall, and play 75 or more minutes with a man down, and limit them to few chances but also carry a threat at our end was really impressive.

"To concede so late on was tough. We defended well and had to defend a lot off set-pieces because of their height and physicality, and to a man everyone stood up and put in a real shift. It was just at the death, when the player has put in a real quality cross, that we haven't marked properly and they score their winner.

"I said to the team afterwards that if we keep showing the same spirit, application and togetherness, that will serve us well this season. We competed throughout the match, and we can take a lot of heart from the performance.

"It's a cruel way to end the game though, and I really feel for all of the boys in the dressing room after that."

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