10-Man Seasiders Lose Out To OldhamRichie Kyle was left to wonder what might have been for his young Blackpool side after his team had to play the majority of their defeat to Oldham Athletic with ten men.
Blackpool's Joe Moulden was sent off on the 30th minute mark and The Seasiders received another hammer blow after The Latics converted the following free-kick, putting them 2-0 up and Kyle knew his side faced an up-hill battle from there.
"It was a difficult one, we found it tough going down to ten men and I thought we were in the game up until the sending off," he admitted. "I know we were 1-0 down but I thought as the match progressed I was confident that we'd get something. I thought we were growing into the game and then the sending off happens which disrupts our rhythm, especially when it was our centre-back."
"My captain, who is very influential in the middle of the park, had to drop to centre-back and then I had players that I had to rearrange into unfamiliar positions so it became very difficult. What made it even more difficult was conceding the resulting free-kick straight after the sending off.
"If it had stayed 1-0 until half-time you've got a chance because I thought second-half we were organised and disciplined in our positions and we had three or four clear chances to get something out of the game. It's just disappointing because I know if we had 11 men on the field it would have been a different result."
Blackpool came out fighting in the second half and had number of chances to try and claw themselves back into the game and Kyle was particularly impressed by the leadership shown by his captain, Mark Waddington.
"Mark's a reliable player, I could put Mark in goal and he'd do a job. He's just one of those players who epitomises a captain, he's a leader and he will do a job for you anywhere.
"We missed him in central midfield after the red card and in the last 15 minutes we put him back in there and the game changed again. He was driving from midfield and that's just the way Mark is. He is a massive influence for us and he's going to have to be a big player for Blackpool in the next few weeks and step up to the plate, which I know he will."
The Tangerines have now lost their last two games and will be without commanding centre-back Joe Moulden due to suspension. Kyle did not lie to his team about the task they face in the next few weeks.
"I said to the lads it's going to be difficult now because we are going to have to reshuffle for the next three weeks because we've lost our centre-back and we are going to have to work on different players playing in different positions.
"I'm not going to lie to them, it's going to be really tough for the next few weeks, they're going to have to show some character. There's still a lot of quality in that changing room and I know if we stick together and work hard we will be fine.
"It is important to get back to winning ways and we've got a difficult cup game next week but we will stick together and we will keep going. Our second-half performance in that game shows there's enough there for us to get through the next couple of fixtures without Joe," he added.