Neil Critchley wants Blackpool players to be brave and take risks

Neil Critchley has called on his Blackpool side to show more bravery and risk losing games late on in their bid to turn their recent draws into victories.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 8:00 am

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It comes after the Seasiders shared the points with Burton Albion on Tuesday night – their fourth straight draw at Bloomfield Road.

The result extended Blackpool’s unbeaten run to eight games and added another point to their tally, leaving them five points adrift of the play-offs with four games in hand on sixth-placed Charlton Athletic.

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Neil Critchley has seen his Blackpool side draw their last four home games

Head coach Critchley, said: “That’s four home draws on the bounce now and that’s not what we want to be. That’s not the team we want to be.

“There have been good signs in the last two home games (Fleetwood Town and Burton) in terms of what type of team we want to be in the future.

“I can’t fault the effort and application, but I think we could have shown more bravery, especially early on and competed better.

“I don’t just mean competing better without the ball – I mean competing better with the ball as well, being brave to take pressure from behind and being brave to put your foot on the ball when you’re under pressure.

“There are different types of bravery and I want us to be a braver football team where we play better football.

“It is a point, we are unbeaten, but I said to the players after the game that we’ve got to turn these draws into wins. I want us to go for that. When we’re on the front foot, we need to keep going forward and get that winner.

“If that means we lose the game, then so be it sometimes because I want us to try and get three points. I want us to go for it. We didn’t quite do that against Burton.”

The Seasiders would have gladly taken a point at half-time after being outplayed by Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side.

The Brewers bombarded the Blackpool goal with long throws and set pieces, eventually taking the lead through Hayden Carter’s back-post header.

But a half-time change, which saw Elliot Embleton replace Ellis Simms, changed the course of the game in Pool’s favour, who levelled after Luke Garbutt netted his first goal in tangerine.

“It was a great strike,” Critchley said. “That was a good spell for us. We were well on top in the game and we counter-pressed really well.

“We won the ball back instantly after an attack. I think it was Garbs and Elliot getting around the ball very quickly, pressing forward and stopping them getting out of their own half.

“As soon as it’s on his left foot, I always thought Garbs could score and it was a great strike.”

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