Blackpool's players deserve a high credit rating for their unbeaten run
Neil Critchley says Blackpool going unbeaten for almost a third of the season shouldn’t be underestimated.
During their run, which is the longest unbeaten streak of any side in League One this season, Critchley’s side have picked up eight victories and seven draws to climb up into the play-offs.
Tuesday night’s draw was also another game at Bloomfield Road where Blackpool avoided defeat, having remained unbeaten on home turf for 17 games in all competitions: a run that stretches back six months.
While the Seasiders have been frustrated at drawing back-to-back games, it’s important not to lose sight of how well Pool have performed in recent months.
“It is important,” Pool’s head coach said of his side’s unbeaten run.
“I thought we looked like a good team against Accrington in midweek, but there’s such a fine line in this division.
“We should have won the game on Saturday. Had we done that, Tuesday night’s point is a better point.
“I’m not disappointed, 15 unbeaten is a big achievement. We’ve not been beaten here for quite a long time now and we’re looking better, stronger and more confident every time we play.
“I felt that from the start against Accrington because we looked like a team in form and we had a little bit more belief and arrogance maybe in our play.
“I feel more positive now than I did on Saturday, even though you get the same which is a point from both games.”
A lot of Blackpool’s recent wins have come on the road, where they have won five of their last six games.
At home, meanwhile, they have drawn six of their last eight.
Critchley isn’t too bothered where Blackpool pick up their points, as long as they continue to keep adding to their tally.
“Sometimes you don’t know where the points or the results are going to come from,” he added.
“It wasn’t so long ago that we had drawn a few games at home against Burton, Fleetwood and Wimbledon, but we were winning the games at Charlton, Portsmouth, Oxford, MK Dons etc.
“We were doing it the other way round from what you’d expect, but as long as you’re picking up the victories on a quite regular basis, then it doesn’t matter where they come from.
“If we had beaten Lincoln on the weekend like we deserved to, then the point against Accrington on Tuesday night isn’t a bad one.”
Pool return to action at Bloomfield Road tomorrow against promotion rivals Sunderland, who have lost back-to-back games.
The game kicks off at the earlier time of 12.30pm to avoid a clash with Prince Philip’s funeral.
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