Rovers Edge Seven-Goal ThrillerBlackpool Youth suffered their first defeat in six games on Saturday after losing 4-3 in a closely fought encounter against Tranmere Rovers.
The Seasiders' unbeaten run was seemingly going to remain intact with the team holding a 3-2 lead with five minutes to go, but two late goals from Rovers resulted in an
With Richie Kyle admitting that in Pool's last two victories his side hadn't played particularly well, he was left frustrated to come away from this game with nothing after watching one of the best 45 minutes of the season from his players.
"It was very disappointing, our first-half performance was really pleasing and we played some really nice football and some of the nicest we've played all season. We just wanted to continue that performance into the second-half and for the first 10 minutes I thought we did," he said.
"We just didn't manage to close the game out and get the fourth goal which I think would have ended the contest. We need to be better at closing games out because I thought when we went 3-2 up we had the ideal opportunity to finish the match, as we were in control and playing well."
Blackpool reacted well to going 1-0 down early on, with goals from Bright Samuel and James Doyle putting the tangerines 2-1 up prior to Tranmere equalising late on in the half.
Blackpool scored an early goal in the second-half, with midfielder Henry Cameron putting his side 3-2 up. Kyle's team then looked set for the win before two late goals, which included a hatrick strike for Rover's forward Tolani Omotola, sealed a 4-3 victory for Tranmere, leaving Kyle unhappy with his team's defensive display.
"It was a blow for us to have a 3-2 lead, only to concede two late goals which is not like us at all and I can not remember the last time we ever conceded four goals in one game.
"We were a bit naive defensively, they had a good centre forward who caused us a lot of problems and we weren't as solid as we normally are. Defensively we were disappointing and although in possession we were pleasing, you've got to do both sides of the game well to win a football match."
The Seasiders will now look to return to winning ways next weekend when taking on Oldham, a contest Kyle is very much looking forward to following a battle for the league title last season.
"It's a big game next week because it was between us and Oldham for the league last year and we just clinched the title so they are going to come at us with a lot of vengeance.
"We had some good battles with Oldham last season and all the games were really close, with their Cup final victory over us being resulted in penalties. They are playing really well this year and we know how strong they are so it should be another close game." he added.