Critchley: We Want That Winning Feeling Back

Neil Critchley is expecting a tough encounter when Sunderland visit Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening for a second round Carabao Cup tie.

The Seasiders welcome the Black Cats on the back of Saturday's impressive 2-2 draw at AFC Bournemouth, and the Blackpool Head Coach thinks the comeback from being two goals down will inject a good deal of confidence into his side.

"I've said before that these players can achieve a lot more than maybe they think they can," he said.

"We can't put ourselves in the players minds, but we try to influence their thinking and work at that in training and in our preparation every day. There's no substitute for getting good results though, and I think the result on Saturday was one we can be really proud of. I think we deserved something to show for our efforts from the match, and we can take a lot from that going forward.

"Similarly in the previous round of the Carabao Cup, where we played Middlesbrough and played really well on the night. We started the game well and got a foothold in the game and scored at good times. We controlled the game and a lot of players played well on the night. It would be nice to give our supporters a similar level of performance on Tuesday night against Sunderland, because the last two home games we haven't been able to do that. It wasn't for the want of effort or application and endeavour, we've just been a little bit unfortunate. 

"We want to have that winning feeling back and we want to give that to our supporters as well."

Looking ahead to Sunderland's visit, Critchley is expecting a tight affair, much like the two league games were last season.

"They were two extremely close matches as the scorelines would suggest," he said.

"They both went in our favour, but you could arguably have said it could quite easily have gone the other way. They were two really tough games, but both squads are slightly different now, and the two sides that take to the pitch will probably be different to the ones we saw last season.

"They've got a strong set of players and we know we'll be in for a tough match."

The Blackpool Head Coach also confirmed the game could be a good opportunity for Daniel Gretarsson to make his long-awaited return from injury.

"Daniel played about an hour last week in a development squad game to continue his recovery back to full fitness, and this game might be an opportunity for him to gain more minutes.

"There might be a few others in that camp as well, and we just have to get the balance right between giving those who have been out of action the minutes they need, but equally keep the strength of the team intact for what will be a tough match."

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