Youth Lose 3-2 To Port ValeHead of Coaching Richie Kyle rued too many mistakes after Blackpool youth fell to a 3-2 defeat to Port Vale on Saturday.
Rhys Coogan had drawn the sides level at half-time before Vale retook the lead early in the second half. A 25-yard pile-driver from Rowan Richardson made it 2-2 to set up a grandstand finish but a late penalty sealed the three points for the visitors at Squires Gate, in a match that could have gone either way.
"It's never ideal to be beaten but our squad was a little stretched, so it was always going to be difficult," Kyle said.
"I thought there were too many individual errors at crucial times which cost us. To fall behind twice and come back was a positive but we should have gone on and won the game.
"Credit to Port Vale, I thought they played well and took their chances, but again I thought there were a couple of mistakes from us which don't usually happen. Maybe we can blame the Christmas break but everybody's in the same boat and it's no excuse as far as I'm concerned.
"Sometimes you have to put your hands up and admit you weren't good enough over the 90 minutes, you can't make as many errors as we did and expect to win the game so this will be a lesson to them. It's my job to make sure we don't buckle like that again, it will be a good learning curve for the team.
"You look for positives from every match and I thought we played some decent stuff at times, Rowan scored a great goal and I felt Bright Samuel had an excellent match, but overall we have to be better."
The young Seasiders have been performing well of late, so much so that winger Henry Cameron became the third player to have been picked up by Lee Clark to train with the first-team, following Mark Waddington and Dom Telford. Kyle admitted after the game that although losing Cameron on the eve of the match was a blow, he felt his side had more than enough to win the game.
"We know it's a results business, but like I've said before our job is to provide players for the first-team. Henry has been excellent for us this season and he fully deserves his chance alongside Dom and Mark. This is another example of how this football club will give youth a chance.
"We now have to dust ourselves down and bounce back at Oldham next Saturday, which I have no doubt we will do," he added.