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Kyle: We Need To Be Better

20 October 2014

Coach Reflects On 1-1 Draw

Blackpool Head of Coaching Richie Kyle admitted he was frustrated to see his young side draw 1-1 against Wrexham on Saturday morning.

Dom Telford had given Blackpool the lead, and three points were all but secured until a last-gasp equaliser for the Welsh side guaranteed a share of the spoils.

“It’s difficult to take, especially when you’re 1-0 up in the last minute, you expect to see the game out,” said Kyle.
“They played some direct football but we’ve got to manage the game better. I don’t think we showed enough composure when we should have and we could have dominated the game but we didn’t.

“When we’re 1-0 up we’ve got to be braver on the ball, squeeze up the pitch and put them under more pressure, but the lads will learn from this.

"They usually see games out well, last week was a perfect example of this, we scored late on and closed the game out really well so I’m not sure if Saturday was a bit of naivety.
“It’s never easy to come up against a direct side who lump balls into the box but we have to do better than that.”

Blackpool started the game with a depleted squad, but Kyle didn’t feel it was an adequate excuse for his side.

“We were up against it from the start, but I felt we had enough quality to win the game,” he said. “Joe Moulden was missing again through suspension, Henry Cameron has been ill all week and our young striker Elliot Pond fell ill just before the game so it did hamper us, but we had to stick together and have belief to win this match. I felt we deserved to do so despite our problems, which makes the result all the more frustrating."

It might have been worse for The Seasiders had Daniel Milton not pulled off a penalty save at 0-0, and although Kyle felt his goalkeeper had done well, he doesn’t think his side should be relying on goalkeeping heroics.

“Yeah you have to be glad when he saves it, but we weren’t good enough,” he said. “We shouldn’t be relying on penalty saves, we should get our heads down, play better football, show more ruthlesness and be more composed in front of goal. Yes, it was an important save, but like I said we should be seeing the game out, not being thankfull it was a draw,” he added.

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