Shrewsbury Game Ends 3-3Head of Coaching Richie Kyle could not hide his disappointment after seeing his Blackpool Youth side draw 3-3 with Shrewsbury on Saturday.
The visitors took a one-goal lead into the break but a stunning start to the second-half saw The Seasiders lead 3-1 courtesy of a Dom Telford brace and Bright Samuel’s second goal of the week, and seemingly coasting to three points.
Shrewsbury fought back to ensure they shared the points however, and Kyle admitted his side had been naïve at the back.
“When you have a lead like we did you have to see it out, I’m very disappointed,” he said.
“It’s a game that should have been won and the lads have got to learn from that. It’s very rare that we get ourselves into a position like that and let it slip. You can’t go 3-1 up with half an hour to go and share the points, the lads have to manage the game better. I know for a fact that if we ever go 3-1 up in a game again that won’t happen.
“We’ve spoken about it and we know first and foremost it’s about learning and about the development, they’ll remember days like this. But football is a results business and it’s about winning. You have to see games out and win, we did that last season and we ended up winning the league. The whole defending aspect of the day was poor, we were too open, there were too many mistakes, both individually and collectively.”
Despite the frustration, Kyle said there were positives to take from the game and reserved special praise for Dom Telford who is in a rich vein of goalscoring form.
“To be a goal down and come out like we did second half was great, we scored three goals in 10 minutes so the reaction from the lads was fantastic”, he said.
“Dom was brilliant in the second-half. He’s been playing as a number 9 for us recently because of Elliot Pond’s injury and has done well, but as soon as he slipped back into the number 10 position he was unplayable, he ran Shrewsbury ragged and got two goals to himself, so well done to him."
Next up for Blackpool is a home tie versus Burnley in the Lancashire Cup on Tuesday afternoon, and Kyle said his side can’t wait to get back out there.
“We can’t wait for Tuesday, it’s a big game and the lads will be more than up for it,” he said.
“That’s the good thing about having games thick and fast, you have a chance to get out there again and put it right. We didn’t get the result we wanted at the weekend so we have to be even hungrier to get through in midweek against a very good Burnley side,” he added.