Kyle's Side In FA Youth Cup ActionHead of Coaching Richie Kyle says his Blackpool Youth team go into tonight’s FA Youth Cup match against Kidderminster in good form and spirits.
The Seasiders, who enter the competition at the third round stage this evening, welcome back Dom Telford and Mark Waddington to the side.
“Mark and Dom are good players, they are good second years and they’ve come on leaps and bound over the last 18 months,” Kyle said.
“They’ve been getting good experience with the first-team and they are still developing. We’re looking forward to getting them back in the team but obviously the main objective is to get them into the first-team eventually.
“They are looking forward to being back with us and playing a Youth Cup match that they know is important for the club, the academy as a whole and themselves.
“It is a boost to have them back but the other lads have been impressing us as well. We are going into the game in good form with players fully fit and we are looking forward to the test.”
On top of the return of his top goalscorer and captain, Kyle will also have to consider the impact his substitutes made over the weekend, with both half-time changes Bright Samuel and Tyler Rufus scoring.
“There’s always competition for places. The lads know that even if they’re not in the starting eleven it’s a squad game and you need everyone.
“You see the impact that the substitutes made on Saturday and that might happen again tonight in the Youth Cup. Although there might be a couple of disappointed players, they fully understand the strength in depth we’ve got when everyone is fit and it’s a difficult thing to hold a place down.
“They’ve got to understand they can be the match winners coming off the bench and I’ve been saying that to them this week, and that they could be the difference. We have a strong squad going into the game and we are going to need everyone.”
For Kidderminster, it will be the first time in the club's history that their youngsters have reached this stage of the competition. The tie takes place at Aggborough Stadium and kicks-off at 7pm.