‘Brutal’ – Neil Critchley’s candid verdict on the first half of the Blackpool Championship season


Neil Critchley admits his Blackpool side would have taken their position midway through the campaign before a ball was kicked, but admits the Tangerines want more as they consider the second half of the season.

The Seasiders sit 12th in the league standings after playing their 23rd game of the campaign yesterday with a 3-1 win over Peterborough United.

Posh took the lead at Bloomfield Road when Siriki Dembele put the visitors ahead in the first half, but the Seasiders rallied and equalized at the break thanks to a strike from Keshi Anderson.

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The game was even after half-time, but a double substitution from the Seasiders proved to be crucial as Sonny Carey put the hosts in the lead as full time approached.

And Jerry Yates, another sub, fired for the second time asking for three points and Blackpool’s first win since late October.

Critchley admits his side likely would have taken their current position, which currently puts them five points away from the playoffs, heading into the campaign.

But his side want more of a division which they deem “brutal”, as the recent fortunes of Bournemouth have shown, who are in bad shape despite being currently in the top two.

Critchley said: “I’m sure before a ball is kicked if you said halfway through the championship, I think we just snuck into the first half of the league tonight, and we would be on 30 points, would we have taken that? Maybe, but we want more.

“We want to improve, we want to be competitive and every game and that’s what we do. We just try to improve and learn from every game and move on to the next game.

“This league is brutal. I was watching Middlesbrough against Bournemouth ahead of our game today and someone said Bournemouth won only one in seven or one in eight.

“I think ‘it’s Bournemouth and look at their squad and look how good they are” and they’re struggling to win right now. It’s easy to lose games in this division, there’s nothing in There’s really nothing in this game although I have to say if a team deserved to win in terms of chances created then I felt it was us.

“The league is so tight and there’s nothing in it and this win today has prepared us well for a busy Christmas season.

“I have full confidence in this group of players, not just in terms of their abilities, but their personalities and their character and you can sometimes question the decisions they make on the pitch, but you cannot question them. question their commitment and fighting spirit and they have their rewards right at the end of the game.

“I think the third goal is a great example that we are still pushing in the 90th minute, we still have the energy, Jordan Gabriel hits the corner of the penalty area in the 90th minute.

“There’s no hindsight, we’re going there, and Jordan has been showing great energy and Josh has pulled it off and Jerry set it up brilliantly for us after a bounce, so I think that tells you. everything you need to know about this group of players. ”

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