Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has made the bold claim that he didn’t believe that his side ‘were very good’ for at least 20 minutes despite thumping Birmingham City 6-1 on Easter Monday.
The result was the biggest for the Seasiders in just under a decade but away from the emphatic scoreline, Critchley claims the performance wasn’t much different to that his team have been putting in in recent games they’ve lost.
“What we’ve been today is clinical, which we’ve not been in previous games,” explained the former Liverpool under-23s Head Coach.
“You’re probably going to think I’m a lunatic or something, but what we’ve done today is take our chances. Our general play, I promise you, was better in some of the games we’ve played recently but we’ve lost.
“The counter-attack goals, the first two goals, are real quality goals. But those same situations occurred against West Brom on Friday and we failed.
“For 20 minutes, I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t think we were very good. We turned the ball over a lot, they got a lot of corners, some chances on counter-attacking chances and then we scored a third from a really well-worked corner.
“We’ve needed this as well. We’ve been on a run where we haven’t picked up a good winning result, but really if I’m honest the performances have been no different to today.”
It’s comments like these that make yesterday’s result all the more worrying for fans of the Blues.
If Lee Bowyer’s men were so easily dismantled by such an ordinary Blackpool performance - you dread to think what would happen when they come up against a team on top of their game.
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