Critchley: A Fair Result
Neil Critchley feels a draw was a fair result in the 1-1 stalemate with Swansea City.
The Seasiders showed tremendous character and resilience once again this season in the draw, coming from behind to claim a late point thanks to Keshi Anderson's strike, and the Blackpool Head Coach felt it was a more than deserved equaliser against an impressive side.
"A point was probably fair," he said.
"Swansea play a unique way and a unique brand of football. They're the best footballing team in the division for me, and their home record is outstanding. We decided that the best way to try and combat that was to change our shape for the game, and I think we gave them a real problem with that in the first half. Other than the lad striking the ball into the top corner, they didn't really get at our goal.
"I thought in the second half we showed courage with the ball and we got on top of them and we made them do what they don't want to do, which is defend. At times we were in control of the game which takes real bravery and ability. We didn't threaten the goal enough, but we were growing into the game all the time. In the end, I don't think anyone can begrudge us of getting a point."
Asked about his side's character in coming behind once again, Critchley was full of praise for his players.
"The never-say-die attitude we have in the squad is never to be in doubt," he said.
"The togetherness and the work ethic form the team was brilliant to see. You need those characteristics when you come to a place like Swansea. They can send you a little bit dizzy with the football they play, and we said that before the game. There will be periods of the game where you don't have the ball, and you can't get frustrated.
"There are many team who have come here this season and lost three or four nil, so I think we were a real match for them."
Despite it being a team effort, Critchley was full of praise for the goal scorer, Keshi Anderson, who scored his third league goal of the campaign to get Blackpool back on track.
"I thought Keshi was outstanding," he said.
"His work ethic and running back and winning second balls was fantastic. I thought it was a really good goal. It looked like it was a bit of a scrappy finish on first glance, but the way he controls the ball and slots it home was very composed, and again it was what we deserved."