Update From Youth Head of Coaching
Richie Kyle revealed that young Elliot Pond is fine following a nasty incident in Blackpool Youth’s 2-0 defeat against Burnley on Saturday morning.
The young striker was caught in an innocuous challenge and remained down for quite some time during the first-half.
In the end an ambulance was called and the match was delayed for 50 minutes to ensure Pond got all the attention and medical help possible.
But after initial fears, Kyle confirmed that Pond had been given the all-clear.
“In the grand scheme of things the result is irrelevant. We’re delighted that Elliot suffered nothing major and he’ll be fine,” he said.
“After the injury you don’t really want to carry on, but these things happen in football and it will be a good learning curve for the lads.
“For the match to be delayed for 50 minutes didn’t help at all. There was also a long delay at the end of the first-half so it really was a day to forget.”
Despite the incident, Kyle admitted that the best team won on the day.
“Obviously we’re disappointed to lose the game but you have to hold your hands up and say we were well beaten on the day,” he said.
"Burnley have a very good group who have been together for a couple of years now, this year they’ll be the team to beat, no doubt about that.”
“We were missing a couple of crucial players that hurts us. We’re a very young team at the moment and we’re learning. We tried to contain them and I felt, given the circumstances, the lads did a job.”
The defeat means that the reigning champions have now lost their opening two games, but Kyle was refusing to get carried away with the start.
“It’s a young side, we fielded eight first years today, I wouldn’t have thought that there are many more in the league fielding that much,” he said.
“This is a very good group but I’ve always said it will take some time. We’ll be getting a few of the older lads back which will boost our side, but we have to be patient. The development of the players is what’s important here.
“We’ve just played two of the best teams in the league and haven’t done too badly. I think very soon we’ll see the improvement as the group gain more experience. It’s all part of the process.”
It was also a proud day for Kyle as Dominic Telford made his first-team debut away at Nottingham Forest, aged 17.
“It was great to see Dom get on. That’s the job at the end of the day, to get players ready for first-team football and he’s a great player who deserves it,” he said.
“It will be good for these lads to look at that and see if they work hard, it can be done,” he added.