'It feels like two points dropped': Neil Critchley rues Blackpool's lack of a cutting edge in their goalless draw with Fleetwood Town
Neil Critchley was left disappointed with Blackpool’s lack of a cutting edge in their goalless draw with Fylde coast rivals Fleetwood Town.
The Seasiders had the better of the game and created the clearer-cut chances, coming closest through CJ Hamilton who clattered the post.
But Fleetwood defended admirably and could have stolen the points themselves late on when former Seasider Kyle Vassell shot over when well placed.
The result means Blackpool are now unbeaten in their last seven outings, having still not been beaten on home turf since October.
But in drawing their third straight home game, Critchley felt like it was a missed opportunity for his side to draw themselves closer to the top six.
“Over the 90 minutes we should have won the game, so I’m not disappointed with the performance, I’m disappointed with the result,” Critchley told The Gazette.
“We created plenty of opportunities to score and we’ve had plenty of shots, but we’ve not worked the goalkeeper enough.
“For all of our good approach play, we failed in front of goal and unfortunately that’s the story of the game.
“There wasn’t a lot in it and if we break their resolve when we’re in the ascendancy, then I think the game is different. Unfortunately we couldn’t do that.
“We’ve had some good chances all the way through the game, a couple early on, we had some good opportunities at the end of the first-half and the start of the second-half as well.
“CJ obviously has our biggest chance when he hits the post. When the ball is coming across like that, it’s a big chance.
“We had some crosses, some near misses, some deflections, but I thought they defended the goal very well and got some blocks.
“Maybe you also need that bit of luck. You think of Matty Virtue’s deflected shot near the end which spins just wide, rather than into the top corner which would have won us the game.
“We just didn’t have that little bit of luck or quality that would have deservedly won us the game.
“We spoke about a few things at half-time and I thought we had a lot better control in the second-half and pinned them right back.
“Some of our football and our approach play was really good, we just lacked that little bit of class, guilde, courage on the ball maybe to unlock the door.
“I can’t help but feel it’s two points to drop.”
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