Critchley: Nothing Much In It

Neil Critchley lamented a lapse in concentration that cost his side a point at home to Stoke City.

The Seasiders’ Head Coach felt there was nothing to really separate the teams in a tight encounter at Bloomfield Road, however Steven Fletcher’s close-range effort left Blackpool tasting defeat.

“There was nothing in the game. It was a fine line, as you find on a regular basis in this league. There’s a very fine line between winning and losing,” Critchley said.

“I thought we were very good first-half, I thought we were the better team and played some really good football, controlled the game and had one or two good opportunities.

“In the second-half, I thought Stoke improved and were better but, in truth, the game should have been 0-0 in my opinion.

“The goal that we gave away is a really poor goal to give away. It was a lapse in concentration. That’s what has cost us the game.”

Pool also finished the match with a number of injury concerns to contend with, having lost Richard Keogh in the 16th minute and finished the game with 10 men when Luke Garbutt was forced off.

“Richard just felt his calf a little bit. Hopefully, with him coming off straight, it won’t be too serious,” Critchley explained.  

“We’ll also have to look at Garbs, plus Keshi is limping around a bit. We’ve got a few bruises tonight, I’m afraid.”

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