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Back To Back Victories For Youth Team

25 August 2014

Kyle Reflects On Morecambe Result and Performance

Blackpool Youth’s 2-0 win at home to Morecambe on Saturday was their best performance to date, according to Head of Coaching Richie Kyle.

Goals from Dom Telford and Kit Gregory sealed an impressive win for the young Seasiders to make it back-to-back victories in the league, and Kyle was delighted with the display.

“The first half an hour is as good as we’ve been, the boys were tremendous,” he said. “We kept possession and dominated the game from start to finish, the only disappointment is that it wasn’t more than two, it really could have been five or six as we created so many chances, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters.”

Two weeks ago Telford and Mark Waddington made their first-team bows, but since their return to the Youth side they have inspired two straight victories and Kyle feels their time with the first-team has had a positive effect on the whole side.

“They bring with them much needed experience to a young group,” he said. “Dom is a natural finisher and it was great to see him get a goal, while Mark was dominant in midfield. We missed them in the first few weeks but what they gained with the senior side is priceless, and it’s rubbing off on the rest of the lads.

“But saying that, it wasn’t just them two on Saturday, it was the whole team. At half-time we were saying on the bench what a pleasure it was to watch, something really clicked and it was fantastic to see.

“The boys are now playing with new-found confidence - that’s the main difference between now and three weeks ago, they’re understanding how we want them to play, how to manage games and how to see games out. Two consecutive wins is important but the pleasing aspect is two clean sheets.

"We’re still not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re improving every day. A few lessons were learnt from the early defeats, we were a bit unfortunate to play two of the best sides in our opening two matches with weakened sides, but now we have our team back we’re showing what we can do.”

Kyle led the side to the title last season after a mixed start to the season, and the Liverpudlian feels that history could repeat itself this time around.

“We’re different to last year with the amount of new players in the side but there is more than enough quality to compete in this league.

“We’re the champions and people will see that we’ve kicked in now. You need a bit of luck with injuries but if we get that along the way then I fully expect us to compete with any side and be there or thereabouts come the end of the season,” he added.

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