Critchley: It's Hard To Take

Neil Critchley was disappointed with his side's first-half performance against Coventry City, but felt the side battled well in the second half.

The visitors took all three points at Bloomfield Road after Viktor Gyokeres' late strike on the stroke of half-time, and Neil Critchley rued his side's missed opportunities to equalise in the second half.

"The two home games have followed a bit of pattern," he said.

"We were second best for half an hour of the game. I thought their shape caused us problems but then we grew into the game and we have had some good opportunities ourselves.

"Ultimately, we have lost the game due to a lapse in concentration just before half-time. It's hard to take, but I thought in the second half we were excellent. The players were fantastic and created a lot of chances. But, if you don't take your chances and concede at the other end, then you're going to lose games of football.

"There's a big difference between League One and the Championship, and that will take time to adjust. The quality of the play, the physicality, the speed, the way they move the ball - you have to think and act quicker both on and off the ball, and you get tested all over the pitch.

"It doesn't get any easier as we head to Bounremouth on Saturday, but that's what we're here for. If we play like we did in the second half against Coventry, then we'll be fine this season and we'll win games of football in this league."

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