Youth Team Lose Out To WiganHead of Coaching Richie Kyle could not hide his disappointment after seeing his Blackpool Youth side slip to a 3-1 defeat at Wigan Athletic on Saturday morning.
After a promising opening to the game, The Seasiders found themselves three goals down in the second-half, and despite a late Caleb Richards consolation, it was a defeat which ended a three game unbeaten spell.
“It’s a tough defeat to take, we’re very disappointed,” said Kyle. “I thought we started the game on the front foot, we knew it was going to be a difficult game as Wigan are a good side but we were competitive, our pressing was good and I thought we controlled the ball better in the first 25 minutes.
“When we’re on top, we have to score, it’s as simple as that. I’ve said for a while we have to be more ruthless and we’ve been getting away with it for a while now but on Saturday we were nowhere near good enough in the final third.
“They’re one of the best sides in the division so we always knew they were going to have a spell, I thought we’d weathered the storm at the end of the first-half, 0-0 was probably fair at the break, but to concede so early in the second-half was sloppy and after that we’re chasing the game.
“I didn’t think we competed anywhere near enough and at 3-0 it’s all over. You can stick your hands up and say they were good goals but we have to be better. The character has to be better and we have to compete.”
The match against Wigan signalled the end of Joe Moulden’s three match suspension, and Kyle admitted his side had missed Moulden’s presence over the past few weeks.
“When we saw the three games Joe would be missing, we always looked at this one and felt it would be the toughest,” he said.
“We lacked that bit of experience and character at the back. It was a tough task for the lads who played as we had four full backs in defence, they’ve done well but they were facing good attacking players today and were punished.
“We have good group here and we’ve seen all season we can compete. That first-half on Saturday showed what we can do, but the second-half was a harsh lesson on how this game can go, you fall asleep you will be punished.
“We’ll analyse it and move on, fair play to Wigan they deserved the win in the end, but it’s gone now and we’ll and look for a response against Preston next Saturday,” he added.