Richie Kyle was understandably delighted for Fin Sinclair-Smith after the second-year scholar marked his first senior appearance with a goal in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The winger, 17, scored two minutes from time to secure a 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic in 90 minutes, however The Latics went away with a bonus point for winning a penalty shoot-out.
Speaking post-match, here’s what The Seasiders’ first-team coach had to say…
It’s always disappointing to lose a game, especially on penalties. The purpose for us was getting minutes in the lads’ legs and getting them up-to-speed if we call upon them. It was another opportunity for us to look at the young lads as well in terms of Finlay and Rowan.
Fin Sinclair-Smith’s senior debut and goal.
It’s great from Finlay to show that composure in front of goal, it was a terrific finish. When it opened up for him he needed to show a level head. It’s a goal any player would have been proud of, regardless of how many appearances they’ve got under their belt.
I’m delighted for him because he’ll never forget that moment.
First starts for Scott Quigley and Sessi D’Almeida.
It’s just about bedding them in and slowly introducing them to what we want from them. Scott has come from a different league and shown glimpses tonight that he can get hold of the ball and link play up. He’s only going to get better.
Sessi has come from The Championship and we know what he’s about. It’s just about them learning what we want from them.
Return of Kelvin Mellor.
Kelvin picked up a sickness bug in pre-season and then an injury so it’s been a bit stop-start. It was important that he got minutes under his belt. Kelvin’s a naturally fit boy anyway so we haven’t got any major concerns about his fitness, but it is important that we get the games in him.
Back to league action.
All focus is on Saturday now. We know it’s going to be another tough game and a different type of game. We’ve started the season well but we have to continue it and make sure that we keep the standards that we’ve set.