Head of Coaching Reflects On Narrow Youth DefeatHead of Coaching Richie Kyle was refusing too be down-beat despite Blackpool Youth’s 2-1 home defeat to Walsall on Saturday.
After an even first half, the visitors raced into a two-goal lead in the opening 10 minutes of the second-half, but despite a superb Henry Cameron free-kick sparking a fight-back, the reigning champions couldn’t find that second goal and it meant an opening-day defeat.
Although Kyle admitted after the game it’s never nice to lose, he felt there were still positives to take from the performance.
“Clearly you never want to lose, but there was plenty I saw in those 90 minutes which I was proud of,” he said.
“You learn more from losing than when you win and for the young lads to experience this is part of their development.”
The Tangerines had no fewer than seven debutants on Saturday morning, and Kyle felt that might have played a part against a more experienced Walsall side.
“With seven debutants, all first years, it was always going to be tough against a side I fully expect to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season,” he said.
“I sensed they were nervous before the match but that’s natural, and although it was a mixture of complacency and naivety which cost us two goals, I was delighted with their fight-back and the character they showed not only in the last half an hour, but also the first half, which I felt we’d edged.
“I’m more than confident that this is a group I’m going to have a very good season with, their commitment in training every day is fantastic and there’s real talent in here.”
Next up for Blackpool is a trip to Burnley and Kyle is confident his side can bounce back.
“If we play like we did in that first-half and in the last 30 minutes, we’ll do well. That ten minute spell where we lost the goals will stick with them and it’s my job to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“When you lose you just want to get straight back out there but we’ll dust ourselves off and come Saturday, we’ll be ready,” he added.