Head of Coaching Gives Youth Team Verdict
Richie Kyle was disappointed with the youth team’s second-half performance in the 2-2 draw at Wigan Athletic on Saturday – but delighted to rescue Blackpool’s long unbeaten league run.
The young Seasiders needed a late touch from Joe Moulden, who was on the end of a Dom Telford free-kick deep into injury-time, to rescue their 11-game unbeaten run.
However, it left Kyle, Head of Coaching, to warn his side against complacency in the future after second period which failed to match Pool’s dominant start.
“We were disappointing in the second half but I was pleased we got a point in the end,” said Kyle.
“The performance in the first half was pleasing. I thought we played some really good stuff.
“We had a lot of chances and could have run away with it in the first half, but we weren’t clinical enough.
“In the second half Wigan came back into it and stopped us playing, so credit to them. They had the belief they could score another goal when they equalised and they’re a good set of players.”
“We’re normally watertight defensively, though, and don’t concede many goals, so we’ll go back, analyse it and make sure we improve because it’s been our strength this season.”
Seasiders midfielder Kieran Shaw needed less than a minute to open the scoring at Christopher Park as he slammed the ball into Wigan’s top corner from the edge of the box.
It was the kind of start that Kyle has been asking from his side all season.
“We told them again to make sure we start fast and score an early goal,” said Kyle.
“I thought we were going to go on and win convincingly by three or four after we did, but they stopped us playing in the second half.”
“Kieran (Shaw) worked hard and scored a great goal, though, and I thought in training all week he showed that he deserved to start.”
Kyle also praised the impact of substitutes Telford and Conor Ready in the second half, as the pair came on to help find Pool’s dramatic late equaliser.
“I thought the substitutes (Telford and Ready) bailed us out when they came on,” said Kyle. “They both made a massive impact and that’s all you can ask from your subs.
“Dom had another chance after we equalised and nine times out of ten he puts them away. We could have won it in the end,” he added.