As ever when a heavy defeat comes our way, some will stage an inquest with the end result being that they want the whole team ripped up and started over.

It is moments like this when it is important to think rationally about where the club are and in Neil Critchley, Blackpool have a head coach who understands the frustrations but can also see the bigger picture.

In the first hour against Birmingham and for large spells of the game on Saturday against Luton, the Seasiders played some of their best football in a fair while, matching the peak of the second half at Reading.

Perspectives are different on what type of football is more appealing than others but if Blackpool are to succeed long term then having the bravery to play on the deck in tight areas is paramount.

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This is the modern game now and as much as the Tangerines may win a game playing direct, percentage balls into a target man from time-to-time, recent history tells you that sustainable success comes from playing the right way, passing through the thirds and opening up space with dynamic movement from attacking players.

“First half I thought we were the better team, played some good stuff, played with energy and on the front foot, built the play from the back well and got into the final third often and created good chances," Critchley said.

Ultimately, that description depicts Blackpool at their best under his management and topping it off with a clinical edge in front of goal is a much more likely scenario than completely revamping the way the team goes about their business.

Patience is required.

That is easier said than done in a division where you can find yourself flying high at one minute and then looking over your shoulder the next, but as a newly-promoted club 11 points clear of the relegation zone, now is the time to stick to your guns.

Some of the football in the first half against the Hatters was immaculate.

Ryan Wintle was dictating play from central midfield, taking the ball on the turn under pressure from an aggressive Luton trio before efficiently feeding the ball into dangerous areas where the movement of the attacking front four opened up space for opportunities.

That flexibility in movement between the three attacking midfielders in particular is what creates the bulk of Blackpool's chances on the ball and their positional discipline off the ball creates similar dangerous openings winning high turnovers.

On another day if the composure in the final third was there then again the Seasiders could be talking about this game in a much different fashion, but what exactly can Critchley do about that other than remain patient and trust his players to return to their old selves?

You can't tell me a squad compromising of Shayne Lavery and Jerry Yates doesn't have the capacity to finish chances, eventually they will get back on the scoresheet, as long as Blackpool continue to move the ball like they have and play the right way.

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Sonny Carey probably staked a claim for a starting spot at Derby next time out after his cameo, adding a new dimension in the final third.

And if the goals continue to dry up then the January market comes at the right time and players can be brought in who fit directly into the system Critchley is currently persisting with.

At the end of the day this is what a long-term project is, it has its moments of concern, but trusting in the process is part of the deal because opting for short-term solutions does nothing to improve the bigger picture.

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