Kyle Delighted With DisplayHead of Coaching Richie Kyle was delighted to see his youth side progress to the next round of the Youth Alliance Cup following a 2-1 win at Tranmere Rovers.
Goals from Dom Telford and Henry Cameron cancelled out an early second-half lead for the Wirral side, and Kyle felt The Seasiders deserved the win.
“The lads were outstanding today, I’m so pleased,” he said. “When you go a goal down to a side of this quality you fear the worst. Tranmere will be right up there come the end of the season, they have good players who can see a game out, and so to turn it around and to come off the pitch saying we deserved to win is impressive.
“We had a game plan, we had to adapt slightly to how we usually play but it paid off. I was speaking to their manager after the game and he said we’d set up perfectly to beat them and probably wanted it that little bit more, which is pleasing.”
“We are very hard to beat when we play like this. The key thing today was to be organised and disciplined because we know if we’re hard to beat defensively we have players like Dom and Henry who are match winners, they can score goals out of nothing. As long as we’re solid at the back, we always have a chance.”
It’s only been two weeks since the sides last met - Rovers won 4-3 on that occasion - but Kyle was quick to stress how important it was not to filter in thoughts of that defeat, to ensure the home side’s 14-match unbeaten streak came to an end.
“I said to the lads we didn’t want to get emotionally involved,” he said. “After we played them a few weeks ago, we knew what their strengths and weaknesses were but they knew the same about us. We made a few changes and played in a way they didn’t expect. We had to make those changes with injuries, so it’s crucial that we can make these and still win games.
“We had Joe Moulden at the back today but we’re going to be missing him for three matches now, but I think everyone can see how well the lads who stepped in played so that should give them confidence. The second years impressed me as well, they showed real maturity and deserve credit.”
As well as an impressive team performance, there were some outstanding individual displays, and Kyle was quick to praise one showing in particular.
“I don’t usually like to single out players, but our left-back Caleb Richards was excellent,” he said. “Today was his first full youth game; he played with a real maturity and discipline. He’s an under 16 who’s just come in and I think he deserves credit for the way he stepped up to the plate.
“Some young lads can come in and be daunted, he was playing arguably the best team in the league and he wasn’t out of place, which is a real positive,” he added.