2-0 Win For Richie Kyle's SideRichie Kyle declared himself delighted after seeing his Blackpool Youth team end 2014 with an impressive 2-0 win away at high-flying Walsall.
Goals from Henry Cameron and Joe Moulden sealed a third successive win for the young Seasiders against a side they had lost to earlier on in the season, and Kyle felt the result proved how far his side have come since the start of the season.
"It was a really good win for us, I'm delighted with them for not only getting the three points but the clean-sheet as well," he said.
"It was a tight opening 20 minutes but after that we really controlled the game and never really gave them a chance to get back in it which was pleasing. If anything we were unlucky not to score more.
"We expected a tough game, Walsall have done very well this season and find themselves in the top three. We lost out to them back in August so we knew what they were about, I thought the lads handled themselves magnificently.
"The last game between us two was a close encounter and they just shaded it, we had seven debutants that day against an experienced side and if you needed any proof of the improvement of our team since that day, then this showed that, not only individually but collectively. This group has worked so hard and they seem to be reaping the rewards of that at the moment."
Kyle was again without his star-duo Mark Waddington and Dom Telford who were with the first team, but the Head of Coaching felt the rest of the squad have stepped up in their absence.
"We are never about any individual, it's about the team," he said. "Mark and Dom are two very good players and deserve their experience with the first team, it's important for their development but we still have work to do every single day. I think the character the lads have shown recently has been great, winning is the most important thing in football as far as I'm concerned, and to make it three on the bounce is very pleasing."
The match brought an end to a successful 2014 for Kyle, a year which he'll look back at with great fondness.
"It's been a fantastic calender year, winning the league and the FA Youth Cup run were highlights," he said.
"We had to start again back in the summer and have got some great players in, we've struggled with injuries, suspensions like everyone does but we've stuck together and are now in a good moment.
"To end the year on a high is important and now we can look forward to the Christmas break and try to make 2015 another great season for this team," he added.
Blackpool Youth resume their season on 3 January when they welcome Port Vale to Squires Gate.