Challenge Set For Youth TeamRichie Kyle admits Blackpool must ‘do it the hard way’ in order to win the Youth Alliance’s North West league title.
The young Seasiders were beaten 2-1 against Carlisle United at Squires Gate Training Ground on Wednesday, in what was only their second league defeat of the season, and first of 2014.
It has allowed second-placed Oldham Athletic another sniff at pinching the title from under Pool’s noses and Kyle, Head of Coaching, is wary there is much work to do with two games left.
“It looks like we’re going to have to do it the hard way now,” said Kyle.
“If we win the last two games then we win the league but the games coming up are difficult, it’s a cliché.
“It wasn’t our best performance (against Carlisle) but by no means our worst, either.
“We started well, went a goal up and I thought we looked quite comfortable. Then we get a penalty and you think we will put it away, and it could be an easy afternoon, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“Carlisle played well in the conditions in the second half, broke away and scored.
“I thought we had enough chances to win the game, though. We’re disappointed because we’re normally so clinical.”
Kyle’s side face bottom-club Morecambe on Saturday at the training ground (11am kick-off) before their final league match of the season at home to Port Vale a week later.
Six points will secure the league crown for the young Tangerines, although Kyle is choosing to focus on one game at a time.
“We’ve got to take each of the games as they come, that’s the reality of it,” said Kyle. “Hopefully we’ll have a positive performance against Morecambe.
“We then go into the last game which is sure to be nervy, but sometimes people need to stand up and take the pressure in football, and I’m sure these lads will.
“It’s one final push now but we’ll go again on Saturday fully fit and raring to go.”