Blackpool boss will take it one game at a time

Blackpool must ignore Easter Monday’s crunch match-up with play-off rivals Gillingham and focus solely on today’s Good Friday trip to Swindon Town.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 12:30 pm

That’s according to Neil Critchley, whose Blackpool side dropped out of the top six earlier in the week following Gillingham’s 1-0 win against Wigan Athletic.

The Seasiders will move back into the play-off positions with a victory against struggling Swindon, who hover just a point above the drop zone despite winning their last two games.

“Gillingham are in a good run of form and are winning games,” Critchley said.

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“They’ll have an extra few days of rest, which I’m sure will benefit them and that will be a tough game at home we’ve got to face.

“First and foremost, our attention is completely on Swindon because we have to give them full attention and be ready for that game, because it’s a really tough one.

“It’s two teams with plenty to play for between now and the end of the season, albeit different reasons at the moment.

“Swindon have picked up in recent weeks and have had a couple of good results. They’ve found a way of playing that has got them results.

“They had some great wins against Fleetwood and Bristol Rovers away from home and kept two clean sheets, so they’ll obviously want to back that up with a home win now.

“They’ll be fighting for their lives and we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“If you look at the results before these two wins, they were obviously up and down, but John Sheridan is a very experienced manager and has been in this sort of position quite a few times in his career.

“He will stay calm, he won’t panic and he’s found what looks like a way for his team to get results, so I’m sure if you’ve won two back-to-back games and not conceded, then it’s worked.

“We know it’s going to be hard to break them down and that’s the route he’s gone down. They’ve had two great results, so it’s going to be an extremely tough game away from home.”

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