Seasiders Beat Port ValeHead of Coaching Richie Kyle felt his Blackpool Youth side deserved their three points in Saturday’s 2-0 win away at Port Vale.
Second-half goals from Dom Telford and Eliot Pond sealed a second successive victory for The Seasiders and Kyle felt his side’s patience had paid off.
“It was a very mature and professional performance so I’m pleased,” he said. “The lads deserve immense credit, they worked their socks off from the first minute to the last and they thoroughly deserved the three points.
“It was a disciplined performance. We had to be very patient as we had players missing so had to contain them and hit them on the counter.
“We were missing Joe Moulden through suspension at the back and we lost our right-back Rowan Richardson to injury so it was important that we started with a solid base and grew into the game.
“We knew the goals would come. Dom’s a natural finisher and eventually got his chance which he took, and for Eliot to come back from injury, get twenty minutes and score is an extra boost.”
Blackpool’s usual fullbacks Luke Higham and Macaulay Wilson had to partner each-other in central defence and Kyle was keen to single out their performances in particular.
“For Luke and Macaulay to change position and look as if they’ve done it all their lives was very pleasing to see,” he said.
“Starting with four fullbacks in defence is difficult but I thought those two in particular were magnificent, it’s great that we can make changes to our side and still get results. It’s happened two weeks running now.”
Kyle also stressed the importance of last week’s victory in the Youth Alliance Cup away at Tranmere Rovers in a way of gaining confidence and putting a run together.
“It was a game where we needed to get our league season back on track,” he said. “We got a great win against Tranmere in the cup last week which gave the team confidence. Sometimes a distraction in the cup can work for you. We beat one of the best teams in our league so now there is a buzz about the place.
“After a difficult start to the season we put a string of impressive results together then lost our way a little bit, albeit somewhat harshly. I’ve challenged the players to do that again and see if we can push our way back to the top-end of the league,” he added.