Youth Team Fight Back To Beat Burnley 3-2Richie Kyle was left delighted with his Blackpool Youth side after securing a dramatic 3-2 victory over Burnley, with The Clarets leading 2-1 with just 15 minutes of the match remaining.
Henry Cameron pulled one back for The Seasiders before the break after going two goals behind, before half-time substitutes Bright Samuel and Tyler Rufus netted the two pivotal goals to secure an all-important win against their local rivals, leaving Kyle delighted with his substitutes' impact.
“I needed to change it at half-time as it wasn’t going as well as I wanted and I could see we needed some new input so I made two substitutions,” he said.
“The young boy Tyler (Rufus) who is an under-16 came on and he was a handful and he made the difference. All I ever say to substitutes is to make an impact and to make a difference, I gave all three subs credit in the changing room because I thought they changed the game for us.”
Blackpool’s equaliser did not come until the 78th minute and Kyle says he always believed his side could win the game.
“I always believe if we stay in the game we have chance of winning it and I refuse to give in until at least the 95th minute.
“I’m confident that we can win games because I know we have got the attacking players to win it, and I always know we can get a goal because we are dangerous on the break.
“We’ve got dangerous players and players who can go and win us a game out of nothing and at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to.”
Kyle also took the time to single out his winger Henry Cameron, with his coach extremely impressed with the youngsters’ performance.
“He got us back in the game and he was terrific on the break. I wanted to give him a special mention because I thought he was the best player on the pitch.
“Henry got us out of trouble, allowing us to go into the break 2-1 down instead of 2-0 which gave us a bit more belief and I thought our attack won us the game and the amount of desire we shown was brilliant.”
In recent weeks Kyle has made no secret about how important it is for his side to hit a bit of consistency and the Head of Coaching admitted he hoped his side took a lot of confidence from their well-earned victory.
“I keep saying to the lads winning games is important. You’ve got to have a winning mentality and you’ve got to get used to winning.
“You have to take the confidence from victories because everyone wants to win, what they showed me is that they can grind out a result because I didn’t think we were great in possession.
“They grinded a result out and sometimes if you don’t play well and win games it is a pleasing aspect because you know the lads have got that desire and attitude to get back into the game. That was the most pleasing thing for me, the fact that they dug in there showing some great character and I can’t praise them enough for that side of it,” he added.