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Kyle: Defeat Tough To Take

16 February 2015

Youth Lose Out To Morecambe

Richie Kyle bemoaned his side's luck after seeing Blackpool lose out 2-1 to Morecambe in a match The Seasiders dominated.

Two second-half strikes had cancelled out Elliot Pond's first-half goal, and Kyle admitted the defeat was tough to take.

"I can't believe we've lost, to have played so well and not come away with anything is difficult," he said.

"I know I'm repeating myself a lot recently, but the lads played well. We're down to the bare bones with this squad now but we completely dominated. What we lack along with experience is that ruthlessness in-front of goal. It should have been 5-2, we're making the wrong choices at wrong times and missing good chances; that side of our game has to improve."

Morecambe scored two goals in five second-half minutes, and Kyle felt that both were contentious.

"Having looked back, the first goal should never stand. There is a clear foul on our defender but the referee hasn't given it. It's a bad decision and it's one that's cost us," he said.

"The second goal I can accept, it's 50/50 whether that ball back to our 'keeper is deliberate. The referee felt it was so fair enough, but that first goal has really hurt us. You concede a goal like that and you're shell-shocked, we'd been brilliant in the first-half and it was always going to take something like that to get Morecambe back into the game.

"Credit to them, once they took the lead they soaked up the pressure and restricted us to half chances, they got their bit of luck on the day which you need, but we did not deserve to be on the losing side."

The Liverpudlian was clearly content with his side's performance, and was keen to praise man of the match James Doyle, who excelled in the central midfield area.

"I thought James was outstanding, his range of passing is terrific and his assist for our goal was lovely, it was great to see Elliot finish it off as well, he's been working hard in training and deserved his goal.

"We had a trialist in goal and I think he did very well, considering he's only been here a few days. In fairness he didn't have much to do, he couldn't do anything about the goals and I think they only had one other chance in the whole game, which he saved."

Despite the obvious disappointment, the Head of Coaching took plenty of positives from the match. 

"Look, we're a young team, possibly the youngest in the division. We've replaced experience with raw talent, it's going to take time but we'll dust ourselves down, work hard and go again next week. We played well, we were lacking that bit of luck but it'll come, it's all part of the learning process," he added.

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