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John White's Plymouth reaction

14 January 2019

John White spoke to the press post-match following the 3-2 defeat to Plymouth on Saturday.

The centre back gave his thoughts on a superb goal from teenager Charlie Kelman and on an, ultimately, frustrating afternoon.

Here’s what White had to say on a result which allowed Blackpool and Fleetwood Town to leapfrog Blues, putting Chris Powell’s side in 12th in the Sky Bet League One table.

On Charlie Kelman’s goal…

His vision from there to see the ‘keeper off his line and to be able to hit it, hit the target and lob the ‘keeper is unreal. It’s a once in a career sort of strike and I’m so pleased for him.

He’s got a long way to go and the hard work starts now. He’s been training with us regularly and scoring goals in the youth team and he’s just got to carry that on now. He was a bright spark when he came on, physically he’s got a bit about him and a bit of nous and he uses his body well for his age. He’s just got to keep moving forward.

On whether he was surprised at the goal…

It shocked me. I was behind it and in mid-air I could see the ‘keeper scrambling and he knew that he was beaten. He knew that he couldn’t get himself in the right position to stop it, so I knew that if it was on target it was a goal.

It was tough for him not to celebrate how he wanted to because of the score at the time. He’s absolutely ecstatic inside but it was quite late on in the game and we still had to push for another goal. It was unfortunate he wasn’t able to celebrate the way he wanted to.

On a frustrating afternoon for the most part…

Without a doubt we didn’t play as well as we could do with and without the ball. Mistakes cost us goals and not just individual errors but it’s one, two, three errors that cost a goal. It’s difficult because it’s happened so much at home that it’s caused us problems. We had a bit of a fight at the end and came back a little bit, but it was too little too late.  

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