Neil Critchley looks ahead to Blackpool's League One clash against his former side Crewe Alexandra

Blackpool will be looking to continue their impressive home form when they take on Crewe Alexandra at Bloomfield Road tonight.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 12:00 pm
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The Seasiders remain unbeaten on home turf since October and have won eight of their last nine games at Bloomfield Road in all competitions.

Following recent midweek postponements, Blackpool boss Neil Critchley is desperate to get the game on and continue his side’s charge up the League One table.

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“It’s beautiful here, the sun is out and there’s a blue sky, so unless there’s an absolute catastrophe between now and Tuesday night then we’re going to play at home, which will be nice,” Pool’s head coach said, speaking on Monday morning.

“Our league form at home has been good and we’re looking forward to what should be a good game of football.

“I know a lot of the Crewe players first-hand and a lot of their staff.

“They’ve had two good results recently, beating Accrington at home, and we know what a good team Accy are in this division.

“They should have beaten Sunderland on Saturday as well, they deserved to win that game.

“They were the better team and that’s with Sunderland being in great form.

“That shows you the quality Crewe have got and the ability they’ve got in the team.

“They’ll still have aspirations of pushing up higher in the league. It’s a good game to look forward to.”

Blackpool drew 1-1 with Crewe at Gresty Road earlier in the season, a game the Seasiders dominated for large periods.

“I’ve seen a lot of Crewe this season, not just from watching Crewe but watching teams against them,” Critchley added.

“I know the players well and I know the trouble they can cause, particularly on the ball and the chances they create.

“That day we limited them to virtually nothing. As an away team, we had Crewe in their own half for large periods of the game.

“We didn’t do enough with the ball that day, but for an away team to go to a place like Crewe and be in the ascendancy for large, large periods of the game, not many teams do that to Crewe.

“It will be a different game on Tuesday night. It won’t be any easier though, that’s for certain.”

Daniel Gretarsson, Marvin Ekpiteta and Keshi Anderson all remain injured, but James Husband, CJ Hamilton and Gary Madine aren’t far away from a return to action.

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