Blackpool boss Neil Critchley praises Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for masterminding Burton Albion's turnaround ahead of rearranged clash

Blackpool will be hoping it’s third time lucky in their bid to get their game against League One’s form side Burton Albion on.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:00 am

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The fixture was originally due to take place on January 30, only for it to be suspended due to a Covid-19 outbreak among the Brewers squad.

The rearranged date on February 9 was then postponed barely 10 minutes before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has masterminded a hugely impressive turnaround in the last couple of months, winning nine games in 11 to guide Burton away from the relegation zone, having previously been rooted to the bottom of the table.

“It will be nice to get the game ahead. Barring a miracle, it will do, so it will be third time lucky,” Critchley said.

“We’re meeting the in-form team in the division, who have had some fantastic results recently, winning six in a row.

“Jimmy has done an unbelievable job, so full credit goes to him and his assistant Dino (Maamria) for what they’ve done to turn their fortunes around.

Neil Critchley and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink following last month's postponement

“They come to us full of confidence and bang in form, so you couldn’t ask for a tougher game in this division at this moment in time.

“They’ve beaten Peterborough, they’ve beaten Hull, so they’ve beaten the best teams in the division. Then they go and beat Crewe 3-0 away from home, which shows you what they’re capable of.”

Burton have made a raft of new signings since the game was originally due to take place in January.

“Jimmy has had an immediate impact. Whatever he’s done, he’s gone in and made a big, big difference very quickly,” Critchley added.

“The trick now is for them to sustain that, but hopefully they don’t sustain it on Tuesday night and we can stop their good run of form.

“Sometimes it can go for you straight away, while sometimes it can take a little bit of time, there’s no magic wand. There’s a load of ingredients you have to put into the pot.

“Whatever Jimmy has done, it’s worked and you have to give enormous credit to him for the job he’s done.

“Burton have been very strong defensively recently, they’re not conceding many goals. They’ve been scoring a few at the other end as well.

“They’re full of energy, they want to go after you, stop you from playing and disrupt your rhythm.

“But it’s up to us to go and show the team that we want to be, which I felt we did at times during the second-half against Fleetwood.”

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