Coach Reflects On Narrow Youth LossRichie Kyle felt too many mistakes cost his Blackpool side after seeing them slip to a 1-0 defeat at home to Wigan.
The Head of Coaching felt The Seasiders had the better of the game, but that a number of his players weren’t at their best at Squires Gate.
When asked to sum up his feelings, he said: “Disappointment and frustrating are the two words, individual errors cost us again but collectively I felt we deserved something out of the game, we were better than them.
“At this stage of the development it’s about winning and because of individual errors we lost the game, we need to cut them out. As a team we can be as good as anyone and we can beat anyone on our day. I always felt that one mistake would decide today’s game and it proved that.
“I’m happy that we were the better team, we were missing key players. Joe Moulden’s our vice-captain and centre back, he was a big loss. Mark Waddington and Henry Cameron are big losses but I’m always confident in the lads that we bring in.
“I always thought we’d go on and win the game, I thought we were on top, we had the better chances and I think that’s why I’m so disappointed because the game was there for the taking.
“From their point of view they’ll be delighted to come away with a 1-0 victory. They’re top of the league, they’re unbeaten in 17 games, so to not win is frustrating. Overall I’m pleased collectively but football’s all about winning.”
What was clear in Kyle’s post-match reaction was his belief in the group, the Liverpudian was keen to stress that his squad has what it takes to push on in their careers.
“You can see there is enough ability in the players we had on the pitch,” he said. “They did great in executing our game plan and frustrate them, we ended up being the better team but like I said, it’s about winning at this stage and I don’t accept errors at crucial times in the game. They need to learn fast because if they are going to develop in their footballing careers they have to cut out those mistakes.”
The winner came courtesy of a late Adrian Purzycki strike, which Pool goalkeeper Miles Boney will feel he should have done better with, but Kyle wasn’t prepared to single out any of his players.
“Miles hasn’t played many games in his defence,” he said. “Is it match sharpness? Is it concentration? I don’t know, we have to evaluate that but he certainly wasn’t the only one to make a mistake. Miles was disappointed with the goal but he needs to go again. For whatever reason it wasn’t his day today but for sure the lad’s got plenty of ability.”
After evaluating the loss, Kyle admitted it’s imperative that his side end this winless run at the start of 2015, which has now stretched to three games.
“They need to pick themselves up, I always say don’t get too low when you lose but they have to learn that getting beat is unacceptable. We have Wrexham on Saturday, we’ll work hard all week. We need to go on a little run ourselves, we’re still in a couple of cup competitions so the challenge now is to put a run of wins together, and the lads are more than capable of that,” he added.