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Kyle Pleased To Progress

11 December 2014

Youth Team Beat Kidderminster In Cup Tie

Richie Kyle was delighted after seeing his side beat Kidderminster Harriers 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup last night.

Goals from Henry Cameron and Sam Roscoe sealed The Seasiders’ passage into the next round, and Kyle was elated to get the win.

“It was a good team performance, and I’m delighted to get through,” said Kyle. “We knew they were going to be difficult to break down, they played very direct which we had to deal with in tough conditions, but I felt the lads rose to the challenge and deserved to get through.”

The fixture saw the return of captain Mark Waddington and top scorer Dom Telford, and Kyle admitted their presence gave his side a lift.

“It was great to have Mark and Dom back, they’re big players for us and I felt having them in gave us that extra boost,” he said.

“It’s been great for them and their development training and travelling with the first-team but they’re still young and these games are just as important to them.

“I thought the squad was terrific but with them two playing, it’s always going to be a boost for our side, we’re very young and can do with as many boosts as we can get.”

The Liverpudian admitted that progressing in the competition was important, and that a good cup run is crucial.

“For this age-group, it’s the pinnacle,” he said. “We know the further we get in the competition the more chance we have of playing at a top ground - last season we lost to Liverpool on penalties and we know that’s a possibility again.

“We went one up right on half-time, but then conceded a free-kick right at the start of the second. At that point you’re hoping the wind isn’t taken out of our sails, but credit to the boys, they bounced back immediately and as soon as Sam scored, we were in control.

“It’s an important competition for us and we knew Kidderminster would be direct. It was a different challenge for the lads, but one I felt they dealt with well. On the night, they deserved to win.

“We now have a weeks break before our next fixture, and we’re really looking forward to seeing who we draw in the next stage of the competition,” he added.

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