Reaction to the Burnley victory
Richie Kyle admitted the youth team were rusty in the 2-0 win at Burnley on Saturday – but he was delighted to keep their winning run going.
First-half goals from Henry Cameron and George Lomax gave the young Seasiders victory at Gawthorpe Training Ground in Blackpool’s first game for three weeks.
The last came when Pool beat rivals Fleetwood Town 5-0 at Squires Gate, while a home match against Morecambe had been postponed, and Kyle, Head of Coaching, was pleased with his side’s response to the break.
“We were rusty and there were times when we switched off or forgot bits of detail,” he said.
“However, we haven’t played much recently and you could see that in them, but the lads who started all worked unbelievably hard like they always do.
“We said before the game that it was important to keep the winning run going. We had three weeks out so we wanted to get back to winning ways.”
Kyle had expected a close contest with The Clarets having narrowly edged out Terry Pashley’s side in both of the two previous meetings this season.
He said: “I like Burnley and the way they play. They’ve probably been one of the most difficult games that we’ve had this season.
“I thought we went 2-0 up without really playing very well. In the second half, we were much better for the first 15-20 minutes, but in the last 10-15 they came into it.
“We were never comfortable or dominant like we have been in the past, but I never thought we were going to lose the game.
“We know if we win every game then we will win the league, so we take every day as it comes.”
After Cameron had rounded Burnley goalkeeper Callum Jakovlevs to give The Tangerines an early lead, Lomax created daylight between the two teams with a stunning strike into the far corner for his 17th goal of the season.
Speaking about Lomax, Kyle said: “George has a knack of scoring and it’s a great thing to have.
“You can’t take it away from him because, as a centre forward, you want him to score goals, and we need to keep him fit because he has had his injury problems - he’s a very important part of what we’re trying to do.
“When we go forwards we’re very dangerous. We’ve got pace up the top with Henry (Cameron), Dion (Charles), George and Dom (Telford).
“We kept telling them that we needed to attack fast and hit the space, and that’s something we’ve been doing well all season.”
The youth team are next in action on Saturday 1 March, taking on Accrington Stanley at Squires Gate training ground in the North West Youth Alliance – 11am kick-off.