Blackpool’s youth team suffered their heaviest defeat of the season after losing 6-1 to Burnley on Saturday.
The overall performance was not as bad as the score line reflected but individual errors cost John Hills’ side, much to the manager’s frustration.
“We were simply not good enough. We had an absolutely great week of training, probably the best week of training we’ve had. I’d got to the point where I thought it would have clicked with them and then that happens.
“It’s basic individual errors that are costing the team,” said Hills.
“There’s not one goal where they’ve opened us up, all six were individual mistakes, and at this level it has to stop.”
The Tangerines got off to the worst possible start when they conceded from a corner after two minutes.
The visitors played a corner to the back post and Burnley defender Christian Hill headed the ball beyond the hapless Conor Hunt.
Blackpool responded to the early goal well and after 22 minutes got the equaliser they deserved through Charles.
The winger ran at Burnley’s right back Cameron Dummiqan and beat him for pace. Charles then cut inside past another Burnley defender and fired the ball past Mitchell into the bottom corner of the net from 15 yards.
The Tangerines nearly took the lead and it was Charles again who was causing the visitors problems.
On the half-hour mark George Lomax turned well on the ball to beat his man and played an excellent through ball to Charles. With the winger in behind the defence he skipped past the keeper and looked certain to score, only for his shot to cannon off the face of Burnley defender Alex Whitmore who had raced back to the goal line.
After Blackpool seemingly began to gain the upper hand Burnley striker Jason Gilchrist scored two goals on 35 and 39 minutes to give Blackpool’s North West neighbours a two-goal lead at half time.
The Seasiders were still very much in the game at the interval but a below par second half performance resulted in the Tangerines slumping to a demoralising defeat.
The impressive Gilchrist capped off a clinical performance with a further two goals after 56 and 76 minutes.
On what turned out to be a poor morning’s work for John Hills and his side, the manager was still able to find some positives in the performance.
“I thought Louis Cross was brilliant, he battled, he fought, and he wanted to win. Deon’s performance also pleased me and he deserved more than one goal.”
To rub salt in the wounds of Blackpool’s youngsters, they conceded a sixth goal after 84 minutes. Left back Mitchell Clayton inadvertently headed the ball into his own net to seal the victory for Burnley.
Blackpool’s youngsters will look to try and get this performance out of their system as quickly as possible and have the chance to make amends next week against Fleetwood Town.