2-2 In North West Youth AllianceBlackpool Youth secured an impressive 2-2 draw away at league leaders Rochdale on Wednesday night, with The Seasiders perhaps feeling aggrieved that they did not leave with all three points.
Goals from Bright Samuel and Dom Telford gave Blackpool the lead on two separate occasions before half-time, only for Rochdale to make it 2-2 in the second-half.
“It was competitive and we knew it would be, they are top of the league and they’ve been on a terrific run,” Head of Coaching Richie Kyle said.
“We knew it was going to be tough and we had to compete first and foremost because they are a good side, we just needed to make sure we competed in all areas and at times we showed our quality on the ball.
“We went 2-1 up and conceded a sloppy goal to make it 2-2, but we then had chances to win the game and it was disappointing we didn’t take all three points.
“I am pleased with their attitude and their work ethic and on the whole. We did well to compete with a good team, so I’m pleased at them for that and on another day we could have won it.”
Although Kyle was pleased with his side’s performances, it was clear that he was left frustrated not capturing the three points that he thought they deserved.
“I’ve come away a little bit disappointed that we didn’t take all three points, but when you reflect on a point away to the league leaders it isn’t a bad point. We are still disappointed when we don’t win a game, though.
“It’s one that we didn’t want to lose and moving forward it might a good point, but I just thought we had enough chances and possession to maybe win it. During the game we had a 10-15 minute spell where they came into it a little bit more, but on the whole I am disappointed we didn’t win the game.”
Kyle was reluctant to single anyone out for individual praise, but instead remarked on the collective effort of his playing squad.
“The group performed well, there wasn’t many I could single out that didn’t. Collectively we competed and battled and we fought for every ball.
“The lads were shattered after the game because of the amount they ran round and that’s all I ask, I always say as long as you compete and work hard for one another, the quality will show. The quality did show at times, our second goal was outstanding, the build play to the goal and the finish by Dom Telford was a brilliant finish and a brilliant team goal,” he added.