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Kyle: Lads Worked Hard For It

7 April 2014

Richie Delighted With Title Success

Richie Kyle says Blackpool’s North West Youth Alliance league title success this season was down to tireless work every day.

The young Seasiders became the 2014 area champions thanks to a 2-0 win over Morecambe on Saturday, while second-placed Oldham Athletic slipped to a 5-5 draw at Wigan Athletic.

And Kyle believes his side’s hard graft in training and matches was the key to claiming top spot this season.

“My initial emotion is delight, it’s been a long season and we’ve worked extremely hard for it,” said Kyle.

“I’m proud of the lads because they’ve worked tirelessly on a daily basis. They give me everything, they listen, they want to learn and this is the reward for everything they have put in.

“The lads have got ability and I said that, if they put that together with attitude and effort, they will get success in anything they do in life – not just football.”

Pool’s final league fixture of the season is at home to Port Vale on Saturday 12 April, although Kyle now has his eyes on the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup.

The Tangerines take on Preston North End in the semi-finals at Springfields on Wednesday knowing that Oldham await the winner in the final.

And Kyle sees it as the next big challenge for Pool before the end of the campaign.

“I’ve got a sense of pride although I’m looking forward to the cup game against Preston on Wednesday, so I don’t want to dwell on it too much until after then,” he said.

“It’s another massive game so we all need to get our heads on that. We really want the cup, and Preston are our local rivals, so we’re going to come back in and put in the hard work once again. We want to get to the final and win it.

“The lads are hungry and want to finish the season in style by doing the double, they’re looking forward to Wednesday.”

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