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Blackpool boss Neil Critchley makes Birmingham City admission after defeat

Blackpool manager Neil Critchley believes his side had Birmingham City “on the ropes” before losing at St Andrew’s.

Birmingham emerged 1-0 winners thanks to a late goal from striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Critchley was disappointed with the result and gave an assessment of how Birmingham performed and where he felt the result could have been different.

“I felt they were on the ropes ready to be knocked out but we didn’t deliver that knockout punch unfortunately,” he said.

“We let them get back off the ropes and fight their way back into the contest, which is what they did.

“It’s a difficult one to take. I’m really disappointed with the outcome of the game.

“We were the better team in the first-half, we were in the ascendancy and we had some good moments.

“We attacked well, we counter-attacked well, moved the ball well but we needed to score in that period of the game.”

Critchley knew a fightback was coming from Birmingham in the second half, though he says that did not come to fruition and the Blues didn’t put his side under strong pressure.

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“You knew at half-time Birmingham would come out and throw a few more balls forward if that was even possible for them, because that’s what they do,” he said.

“You know they might have some momentum in the game but they didn’t really, they didn’t have much concerted pressure on our goal.

“We’ve been quite comfortable in the game but you always run the risk when you don’t score at one end that it only takes one ball into the box which falls for them from a long ball into the box, whether that’s a long throw, a cross or a corner, and that’s what happened.

“It’s played into the box, it flicked off someone and hit someone who was arguably in an offside position and it’s gone into the goal.”

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