Blackpool first-team coach Richie Kyle hailed youngster Fin Sinclair-Smith after his eventful night in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The teenager came off the bench in the second half to score a late equaliser in last night’s 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic at Bloomfield Road.
However, with the game having gone to penalties, Sinclair-Smith missed from 12 yards in sudden death as the Seasiders were beaten 5-4 on spot-kicks.
“It’s always disappointing to lose a game, especially on penalties, but for us it was about getting 90 minutes into some legs,” said Kyle, who was on media duties instead of Gary Bowyer.
“There was also a glimpse into the future with Fin and Rowan (Roache) as well.
“It was a terrific finish from Fin, while Rowan had 20 minutes and it was a pleasing performance from him. It was very positive in terms of the young lads.
“When Fin got the ball for his goal and the space opened up, you’re thinking he needs a bit of composure because he’d had one over the bar earlier.
“However, it was a superb finish and one that he should be proud of.”
If that part of the evening went to plan for Sinclair-Smith, then his miss from 12 yards wasn’t in the script.
However, Kyle praised the youngster for having the nerve to step up and take a spot-kick in the first place.
“Again, credit should go to him because it shows confidence and character to put his hand up,” said Kyle.
“He’s that type of lad. He’s a bubbly character and had great confidence to put his hand up in front of senior players to take the penalty.”
Tuesday’s game had seen Bowyer make 11 changes from the weekend.
One of those players handed a start, defender Peter Hartley, was sacrificed at half-time in favour of Armand Gnanduillet.
It wasn’t a tactical change however; more one borne out of necessity.
“Peter felt a little bit unwell before the game and again at half-time,” Kyle said. “He’s better but a bit under the weather.”