Neil Critchley pays tribute to Blackpool's consistency ahead of Fleetwood Town meeting

Blackpool won’t be far away from finishing in the top six if they’re able to maintain their current level of performance between now and the end of the season.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 8:00 am

That’s according to head coach Neil Critchley who has overseen a six-game unbeaten run in League One.

The Seasiders, who have lost just one of their last 10 games, now sit in 11th in the table, four points adrift of the play-offs with three games in hand.

According to the average points-per-game table, Critchley’s side will find themselves in a play-off position if they’re able to maintain that form once all of their games in hand have been played.

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Blackpool go into tomorrow looking to continue their fine form
Blackpool go into tomorrow looking to continue their fine form

Critchley is adamant he still hasn’t looked at the league table.

When asked if he had seen the PPG version, he told The Gazette: “No, I haven’t, though people keep saying that we’re in good form and that, at a certain stage of the season, we’d be up there at the top end.

“We’ve got 16 games to go but we’ve only lost one of our last 10 games, so if you offered me another run like that, then I’d certainly take it now.

“The main satisfaction I get is the consistency we’ve shown for large periods of the season and we’ve just got to try and maintain that.

“We’ve got plenty of points to play for. There’s going to be more ups and downs, there’s bound to be because teams are taking points off each other all the time.

“If we can just keep that level of consistency and continue with that points-per-game record, then in 16 games’ time, I’m sure we won’t be far away.”

Fylde coast rivals Fleetwood Town provide the opposition on Saturday as the Seasiders return to Bloomfield Road, where they’re unbeaten since October, a run that stretches back 11 games in all competitions.

While Critchley is delighted with his side’s home form, he believes it might have been even better.

He said: “We might have won a few more of those games if we had supporters in the ground.

“They might have got us over the line in our draws against Crewe and Wimbledon.

“The supporters make a big difference, because in that emotional aspect of the game they can lift the players just at the right time.

“We’ve definitely missed that, but our home record has been very good and we’ve got quite a few games to come between now and the end of the season at home.

“We’ve got two home games in the next few days and we want to improve upon our points tally from the previous two.”

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