Why the hectic March schedule could be Blackpool's equivalent of golf's 'moving day'

Neil Critchley believes Blackpool’s hectic March schedule could be their version of golf’s “moving day”.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:09 pm

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Neil Critchley believes Blackpool’s hectic March schedule could be their version of golf’s “moving day”.

The Seasiders play eight games this month, starting tonight with a home encounter against Critchley’s former side Crewe Alexandra.

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Blackpool, who are now six points off the play-offs with games in hand still to play, will need to continue their fine form if they’re to manoeuvre themselves up the league table from their current position of 13th.

“In golf they call it ‘moving day’ on day three, well we’re probably on the football equivalent of that - ‘moving March’ maybe,” Critchley said.

“We’re getting there, but we’ve still got 19 games to go which is a lot of football and a lot of games still to play.

“You look at the results in the division, you see teams taking points off each other all the time, so it’s going to be extremely close right until the end of the season I think.

Neil Critchley's Blackpool have won five of their last six games

“It’s important we keep picking up points, keep picking up wins, but there will be plenty of twists and turns.

“It will be important to bounce back if you get a defeat and you can’t get too down about it, just as you can’t get too high if you win.

“You have to keep taking one game at a time.”

At this stage last season, the Seasiders had played 33 league games.

This term, Pool, whose schedule has been disrupted by seven postponements, have played just 27.

With his side continuing to play catch-up, Critchley says his players can’t afford to let their standards drop.

“There’s about 10 weeks of the season left to go, so the season will be over in a blink of an eye. It will go very, very quickly,” he said.

“When you’re getting into March, you normally think you’re getting to the business end of the season so psychologically you’re at that stage.

“But when you look at the amount of games we’ve played, we’re still around the back-end of January time in terms of games.

“Psychologically, it’s important we know where we are, what we’ve got to play for and how many games and points are up for grabs.

“Between now and the end of the season, it’s pretty much Saturday-Tuesday from here on in.”

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