Neil Critchley vows Blackpool won't be taking their foot off the gas in play-off hunt after relegating Northampton Town

Blackpool only need a point to guarantee their spot in the League One play-offs but Neil Critchley has vowed his players won’t be taking their foot off the gas.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 1st May 2021, 6:29 pm

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Blackpool only need a point to guarantee their spot in the League One play-offs but Neil Critchley has vowed his players won’t be taking their foot off the gas.

It comes after the Seasiders cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win against Northampton Town at Sixfields this afternoon, which relegated the Cobblers back to League Two.

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Blackpool boss Neil Critchley

It leaves Blackpool needing just a point from their remaining two games to make sure of their spot in the top six.

“We’ve worked ever so hard to be in this position, so we won’t be taking the foot off the gas now,” Critchley said.

“It’s a good result for us, a clean sheet, three goals, which helps the goal difference against a team who have been good at home and beat some top sides here.

“We have two home games to come and if we get the right results, momentum going into the play-offs is always important.”

A Jerry Yates brace and an early Luke Garbutt strike made it back-to-back wins for the Seasiders in their final away game of the regular season.

Pool, who kept their 20th clean sheet of the campaign, dominated at Sixfields from start to finish, but had to remain patient - eventually getting their reward with two late goals.

“We made a difficult game comfortable,” Critchley added. “But until we got the second goal it was anything but.

“Northampton started very well, like we thought they would do. They had nothing to lose and the way they play makes it really difficult for you because they get the ball forward early, turn you, force you to kick the ball off the pitch, pick off second balls…

“The pitch was difficult as well, so they made it really difficult for us in the first part of the game, so the goal came at a good time for us.

“We had a big chance just before half-time which Jerry didn’t take, but while it’s still 1-0 you know it only takes a long ball, a flick-on or a free-kick or a corner, which they had quite a few of in the second-half, but we defended them well.

“The second goal deflates them a little bit and gives us a lift. We’ve gone on to win the game convincingly but maybe it doesn’t tell the story of the whole game.”

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