Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman speaks of his admiration for Blackpool counterpart Neil Critchley
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman admits he's been left impressed with Neil Critchley's first full season in charge as Blackpool's head coach.
The Seasiders take on Coleman's men at Bloomfield Road tomorrow looking to get back to winning ways after throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Lincoln City on Saturday.
Despite the late setback, the result extended Blackpool's unbeaten run to 14 games and moved them up to fourth in the League One table.
Stanley, meanwhile, are now six points adrift of the top six after suffering a surprise 5-1 defeat to relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
“The lads are hurting,” Coleman admitted.
“There is not point beating them with a stick, we will work on our shape today and try and win tomorrow.
“Blackpool have done well this season. I said it from day one that they would be there or thereabouts, they have a large quality squad and that has come to the fore in the last couple of weeks. They have had injuries and you haven’t noticed them.
“That’s the sign of having strength in depth and they have it all over the park.
“I have been impressed the way Neil Critchley has gone about it, I like him as a fella and he comes across really well. I enjoy speaking to him and we will have a good chat after the game tomorrow.
“I like to see people who play football the right way, who have good ethics about them, thrive and it’s nice to see Blackpool thriving.
“They have a lot to play for, automatics as well, and we have just got to try and get ourselves back on track.
“If we can, that will do me and we will take it one game at a time. Tomorrow is one of those games where you can kick start yourself. Historically we have done well against teams in the top ten and we will try and do our best again.”
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