Blackpool skipper remains defiant after Lincoln City draw

Chris Maxwell says the outlook for Blackpool remains an extremely bright one despite their setback at the weekend.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 8:00 am

The Seasiders threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday to draw 2-2 with promotion rivals Lincoln City, after efforts from Ellis Simms and Sullay Kaikai had put them in control at Sincil Bank.

The game ought to have been dead and buried by the time the home side launched an unlikely late fightback, but Neil Critchley’s men were left to settle for a point that does at least extend their unbeaten run to 14 games.

While Pool weren’t able to claim a sixth straight away victory, something their dominant display fully merited, Maxwell says he and his teammates can’t afford to get too down.

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Blackpool's players let a two-goal lead slip at Lincoln City on Saturday
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The Blackpool captain said: “We’ve been excellent throughout the whole game, created some excellent chances and produced some really good play with and without the ball – but it’s football.

“We haven’t been beaten, so we’ll take a point and move onto Tuesday (when Pool host Accrington Stanley at Bloomfield Road).

“We’re playing really well at the moment and it’s 14 games unbeaten now.

“We’ve improved quite a lot over the last four or five weeks in possession of the ball and we’re creating a lot of opportunities through our own play.

“Lincoln put themselves in a situation where they get a little bit of luck.

“You can pick the bones out of it and say ‘if it had gone here’ or ‘if it had gone there’ or this, that and the other, then they wouldn’t have scored – but we can say that about every goal we score and every goal we concede.

“We’ve just got to move on and realise we’re doing really well at the moment.

“We’ll still have a look and assess where we can improve as the manager always does with us.”

The Seasiders must now turn their attention to tomorrow’s game against Accrington Stanley, the first of back-to-back home fixtures.

Critchley’s men will be facing a Stanley side that has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks and was thumped 5-1 by relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon at the weekend.

“It’s another difficult game,” Maxwell insists.

“We took a point against them at their place earlier in the season and that was an Accrington side that were flying at that point in the season.

“We know what we’re going to get from them, so we’ll be fully prepared. We’re on an excellent run at the minute, both home and away, and we’ll be looking to take all three points.

“We’ve played 38 games, we’ve got eight to go, you never know what happens.

“We only drew on Saturday and we can say we should have won, but we’re performing fantastically at the moment and it’s going to be an exciting end to the season.”

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