What Neil Critchley had to say about Elliot Embleton after the Sunderland loanee impressed during Blackpool's win against Peterborough

Neil Critchley says Elliot Embleton’s recent return to the starting XI has allowed Blackpool to gain more control in games.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:00 am

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Despite starting his first game, Embleton initially struggled for game time early on in his loan spell and was often left on the bench.

But the attacking-midfielder has been in superb form in the last two games, playing a leading role in the back-to-back wins against promotion rivals Oxford United and Peterborough United.

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Playing just off striker Jerry Yates, Embleton - who has made eight appearances and started four games - has starred in the number 10 role, which allows him to link-up play and sustain pressure in the opposition half.

He played a key role in Luke Garbutt’s goal last night, playing a quick one-two with the left-back from a short corner, opening up space for Garbutt to power home Blackpool’s third of the night and his second in just three games.

Last night, Embleton was withdrawn just as a precaution on 78 minutes and given a well-deserved breather, with former Sunderland teammate Ethan Robson taking his place.

“He said it was cramp, so I’m hoping it’s nothing too serious,” Critchley explained.

Embleton was in fine form for the Seasiders last night

“He’s been excellent the last two games. He’s brought a calmness to our play and he knits the game together for you well.

“He’s very good technically, he’s intelligent and he keeps the ball for you which allows you to get up the pitch and control the game.

“Fingers crossed he’s okay and hopefully we haven’t got any more injuries.”

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