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Kyle: This Group Has Character

15 September 2014

Praise For Youth Team

Richie Kyle was full of praise for Blackpool's character after his young side came from behind to beat Fleetwood Town 3-1 on Saturday. 

The comeback secured a fifth straight victory this season, with Kyle always of the belief that his side would turn things around. 

"It was tough to see us go 1-0 down, but even when things aren't going our way there is part of me that knows we've got character in this group and I've got lads that will fight for every ball and fight for every minute, even when it's not going our way," he said.

"We have got leaders and we've got lads who can battle us through tough patches and I thought once we equalised our quality shown and they started to play like the pressure was off them and played some nice football.

"With this group of lads I never fear going 1-0 down because they've got the mental strength and they know how to win games. At the end of the game I said to the lads I'm not happy with the performance and I'm not happy with the way we have won but I'm pleased with the fact we have taken all three points."

With the Seasiders not playing particularly well before the break, Kyle shed some insight into his half-time team talk.

"I'm normally a calm manager at half time but I did tell them some home truths and that I wasn't happy, but with young players you've got to be constructive as well.

"It's OK going in and giving them the hairdryer treatment and screaming and shouting at them, but at this level you've got to be constructive and tell them where you think they're going wrong and give them some belief and a bit of confidence that they can go on and win the game."

Although Dom Telford, Elliot Pond and an own goal gave Blackpool the victory, Richie Kyle was keen to praise 17-year-old defender Joe Moulden after an impressive display.

"I thought Joe Moulden at the back was terrific, his composure in the second-half to get us playing again was brilliant. Defensively he won headers, he won second balls and put his body on the line.

"He was the one that came out with a bit of quality and played out from the back, and that's what we like to do as a team. He got us playing again while keeping the ball on the floor, passing it and driving through into midfield.

"He was a big plus for me and he has consistently done well over the last few weeks. I'm really pleased with Joe at the moment," he added.

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