Wigan Athletic Next UpBlackpool Head of Coaching Richie Kyle is expecting a stern test for his Youth side as they prepare for an away trip to Wigan Athletic on Saturday morning.
The Seasiders go into the match on the back of a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Wrexham last weekend, and Kyle feels his young side will have to be at their best to get anything from the game.
“It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow. They are a very good footballing side who are even stronger than last year so we’ll have to be perform well,” he said.
“It’s been a long week after last week's match, we felt we’d won it and to concede in the last minute was disappointing. We analysed where we went wrong but we can’t dwell on these things, it’s put to bed now and the lads have worked hard all week trying to make sure we get it right on Saturday.
“Wigan like to pass it out from the back and look to keep possession much like ourselves so it will be a big test of our character and quality.
“We’ll have to be patient and wait for our chances to come. We know they’re going to try and control the game early on and keep possession, so we can’t go full-steam ahead because they’ll open us up. I know how they play and we’ll have to be disciplined and hope that our attacking threat will pay dividends.”
Kyle will again be without Joe Moulden, who is serving the final game of his three-match suspension, and Rowan Richardson who is missing with a groin injury. The team will be boosted by the news of Henry Cameron’s return from illness, though.
“It’s a big boost for us to have Henry Cameron back, we really missed him last week," Kyle admitted. “He’s a player who can create something out of nothing and scores goals, we’re going to need the likes of Henry to stand up and put a big performance in. He’s trained well this week so it’ll be good to have him playing again.
“The likes of Henry, Dom Telford and Eliot Pond are crucial for us here, they are our main attacking threats and you can’t win games without scoring goals, so hopefully they can continue what they’ve been doing on Saturday,” he added.