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Youth Team Secure First Win of Season

18 August 2014

Kyle Pleased With Carlisle United Victory

Richie Kyle declared himself pleased after his Blackpool Youth side secured their first win of the season against Carlisle United.

Goals from Kit Gregory and Henry Cameron secured a hard-fought 2-0 win for the Seasiders and Kyle felt it was important to finally secure three points after losing their opening two games.

“It’s great to get the win, it wasn’t pretty but we got the job done,” he said.

“Playing up at Squires Gate, the conditions are always difficult and we were playing a good Carlisle side who beat us last season, so to secure three points is vital.”

The match saw the return of new first-team debutants Mark Waddington and Dominic Telford, and Kyle felt the re-introduction of his star duo was a telling factor.

“I’ve been saying it’s a young team and we’ve been missing that bit of experience that Mark and Dominic bring to us,” he said.

“Had we been playing with those two from the start of the season I don’t think we’d have lost so to get them back is great. I’m delighted.

“Both of them are training with the first-team which is first class for them, but it’s important for their development to keep playing matches, so to be playing with us then on a Saturday will be beneficial for us.”

The match ended a two-game losing streak for the reigning champions, and Kyle is hoping that this win can inspire a run similar to last seasons.

“There was a vital match last season at Walsall away where we had to grind out the victory and it set us on an amazing run,” he said. “I’ve set the challenge to the lads now, let this be a start of another run.

“Footballing wise we weren’t at our best but sometimes you need to win ugly and the lads dug-deep and did that on Saturday.

“It’s a monkey off their back now. The lads are buzzing to get their first win so it’s a good feel around the camp.

Kyle was confident that this victory could prove a springboard for success.

“I always said I believed in the group and the opening two defeats were tough to take, for them to bounce back with a win is a real high and I’m confident we can now go on a run of victories. That’s the challenge and they’re ready for it,” he added.

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