Youth Team To Face TranmereRichie Kyle admits his young Blackpool side cannot wait to play Tranmere Rovers tomorrow in the Youth Alliance Cup.
The fixture comes two weeks after the Wirral side beat The Seasiders 4-3 at Squires Gate in a quite breath-taking match, which left players and spectators alike stunned at what they had witnessed.
Pool were leading 3-2 with four minutes to play but two goals in the final few minutes left Kyle’s side with no points, and the Liverpudlian admitted there was a feeling of injustice that they’re eager to put right this time around.
“I think you could say there is a sense of revenge surrounding this one,” he said. “We never should have lost that game. With a few minutes to spare you think you’ve done enough but credit to Tranmere on the day, they kept going but to lose was harsh on us.
“They are a good team, the best we’ve faced all season and to play so well in that game has given the lads confidence ahead of Saturday. It’s going to be another close game, one we are all looking forward to. The team can’t wait to get back out there.”
Last week’s 1-0 reverse to Oldham Athletic meant it was two defeats on the bounce for Blackpool, but Kyle feels the distraction of a cup match could be just what’s needed.
“It’s a match for the lads to play without fear. We have a few injuries at the moment which gives a chance for some other players to go out and show what they can do,” he said.
“It’s strange to have lost two games and be so positive. We played so well last time out against Oldham with only ten men, we should have won the game really so although we aren’t happy with the last two results, the performances have been excellent."
Joe Moulden was the man who saw red last time out, but ahead of this weekend’s match Kyle was pleased that the defender’s ban doesn’t start until after the cup game.
“We’ve been planning all week to not have Joe, so to have a player like him available again will be a major boost to the side,” he said.
“We’ll be missing him for three matches which is a shame but it’s good for us to get him in this weekend, especially as the squad is looking light with a few injuries. His presence is massive but all the lads will have to be at their best to get through to the next round,” he added.