Kyle's Side Face BurnleyRichie Kyle said his Blackpool Youth side are looking fresh and ready to bounce back in this weekend’s league match against Burnley at Squires Gate.
The Seasiders will be looking to make it two wins against The Clarets in a matter of weeks following their 3-1 win in the Lancashire Cup 10 days ago, and Kyle felt that victory could prove the catalyst for this weekend.
“I expect it will be another tough game this weekend, but the lads are looking forward,” he said. “We played them very recently and I thought we played very well that day, we gave them the respect they deserved and ran out deserving winners in the end.
“It’s an advantage to have played them so recently because we’ll be familiar with all their players, but on the flip side they’ll know a lot about us so that cancels each other out in a way.
“I felt last time out we beat them convincingly so that should give the lads confidence, but they have to be aware that Burnley will be out for revenge. We know they’re a good team and we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal. They’re our local rivals and we’ve had a lot of battles with them over the last few years so I don’t expect this one to be any different.”
Last week’s defeat at Preston coincided with the absence of captain Mark Waddington and top scorer Dom Telford, Kyle admitted he wasn’t sure whether the key duo would be available for him this weekend, but backed the rest of his squad to fill in if not.
“Obviously it’s great for Mark and Dom to be with the first-team, as of yet we’re not sure whether they’ll be playing for us or them,” he said.
“But that’s the nature of this business, and like I’ve said before we want our players training, travelling and turning out for the first-team, it’s what it’s all about for us.
“If they play for us, great. If they don’t, we have enough quality in our side to win the game. I thought the team played well at Preston last week and were a little unlucky to come away with nothing. The players know they have a great chance to go and stake a claim if selected, and I have full confidence they’ll grab that opportunity with both hands,” he added.