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Kyle: We're Hard To Beat

10 April 2014

Reaction To The Preston Win

Richie Kyle believes Blackpool’s performance in the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup 4-1 win at Preston North End will strike fear into Final opponents Oldham Athletic.

The young Seasiders will take on the Latics in the show-piece event at Bloomfield Road in due course, after victory in the semi-final at Springfields training ground on Wednesday.

First-half goals from Harrison McGahey and Sam Staunton-Turner gave Pool the lead going into the break despite Jack Ryan pulling one back, before strikers Dom Telford and George Lomax then finished the job in the second period.

And Kyle, head of coaching, thinks that, after what he described as some of the best football he has seen all season in the first half, The Seasiders will pose similar problems for Tony Philliskirk’s Oldham.

“They must be fearing us if they have seen anything from our performance (against Preston),” said Kyle.

“We know how good Oldham are because they ran us really close for the league, but I’m sure if we play like we did (against Preston) then there are not that many teams who will stop us.

“In the first half we played some of the best football I’ve seen us play all season. We played with confidence and freedom, and I said to the lads before the game that there was no pressure.

“We knew Preston would want to give us a game because they’re our rivals and we’ve beaten them twice already this season (in the league).

“If we weren’t at 100 percent then it could have been a tricky game for us, but the reality was that we absolutely dominated them.

“In the second half we were hard to break down and hard to beat, and that’s what we’ve done all season.”

The youth team will play at Bloomfield Road for the second time this campaign, having taken Premier League Liverpool’s under-18s all the way to penalties in the FA Youth Cup in December.

And Kyle has called on all Blackpool supporters to attend the match, hoping his side’s talent will demonstrate why they were able to win the Youth Alliance’s North West league this season.

“I want as many local Blackpool people and supporters to come and see (the final) so we can show what talent we’ve got at our disposal and how well we’ve performed,” said Kyle.

“We’ve got players who can win us games and score very good individual goals as well as collective goals.

“The lads deserve to finish the season off by playing at the ground and in front of the fans.

“If we can put in half the performance we put in at Bloomfield Road last time, against Liverpool, then we should be OK.”

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