Richie Reflects On FA Youth Cup DefeatRichie Kyle was left with mixed emotions after his Blackpool side lost 2-1 to Birmingham City in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup at Bloomfield Road.
Kyle McFarlane's goal in extra-time proved the difference between the sides, adding to Sam Deadfield's earlier strike that was cancelled out by an own goal in normal time.
Proud of Blackpool's performance, Kyle was also disappointed not to progress to the next stage of the competition.
“The lads are low, they’re disappointed. We all thought that we could have won it and should have won it," he said. "We need to pick ourselves up because we are still only half way through the season.”
“I thought we could have won it in normal time because I felt we were the better team. We had a chance last minute with Bright Samuel to go and win it but I suppose that’s football. I’m really proud of them, they did everything we asked and we stuck to all of our game plan.
“The conditions weren’t great but we still tried to do the right things at the right times, passing it when we could and when the conditions started getting really bad we had to mix it up, which I thought we did well. On the Whole I’m proud of them, while also disappointed we didn’t get the win.”
Along with Bright Samuel’s opportunity in the dying minutes of normal time, Blackpool created a number of chances and Kyle felt that his side performed the better team on the night.
“I strongly believe that within the 90 minutes we were the better team. At times we created some good chances that we should have put away.
“The lads kept going but looked tired in extra time along with Birmingham and it was just an unfortunate that we conceded the goal. We didn’t have enough at the end to get penalties or just nick the win, but most definitely I think we were the better team.”
Kyle decided not to make his first change until extra time and he explained that he thought his starting eleven were showing enough to win the game in the first 90 minutes, without any substitutions needed.
“I thought we had the momentum and the lads looked fresh. They looked fit and no-one was really concerning me and with the momentum that we had in the 90 minutes, keeping the lads on the pitch and allowing them to get at them I felt we could have won it without making a change.
“Along with that glorious chance at the end, I thought that we had the chances to win the game. Extra time we made a couple of changes and on the whole the lads put in a heroic 90 minutes to win a game against a very good Birmingham team who have got very good players," he added.