Neil Critchley outlines why Blackpool brought in former Peterborough, Luton and Swindon goalkeeper on a short-term contract

Neil Critchley felt it was important Blackpool brought in backup for number one Chris Maxwell.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:26 pm

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The Seasiders signed Stuart Moore last week on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The keeper, who previously played for the likes of Luton Town, Swindon Town and Peterborough United, was named on the bench during Saturday’s 3-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

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That position has previously been filled by either Jack Sims or Alex Fojticek, who are aged 21 and 20 respectively, but Critchley felt it was important to add more experience to Pool’s ranks in case of an emergency.

“It’s just an area of the pitch we felt we could strengthen,” Critchley told The Gazette.

“Stuart has a bit of experience and seniority. Maxi is our captain and our number one, he’s been outstanding for us this season.

“But if he was to get an injury or a sending off in a game, it’s important we have someone there who can come in and fill that gap.

Moore was named on the bench at The Valley on Saturday

“Stuart can fill that gap really well for us.”

The Seasiders had previously been required to name a 'club developed' player on their bench under EFL regulations, a spot that has been filled by the likes of Sims or Nathan Shaw.

But those rules have since been tweaked and because Blackpool included Sims in their recently updated 22-man squad list after the closure of the January transfer window, Critchley wasn't required to name Sims among the substitutes against Charlton on Saturday.

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