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Kyle Delighted With Character

23 February 2015

Head of Coaching Praises Players

Richie Kyle was delighted with the character shown by his Blackpool Youth side, after seeing them fight back from 2-0 down to get a creditable draw against league leaders Bury at Squires Gate.

After a cagey opening, the visitors raced into a two-goal lead through a Braydon Shaw brace, but Joe Moulden halved the deficit right on half time before Tyler Rufus bundled home to earn The Seasiders' a point they thoroughly deserved, and one which Kyle was happy with.

"It's an excellent point for us, the character shown to bounce back was impressive," he said.

"If anybody was going to go on and win the game it was us. Make no mistake about it, this is a very good Bury side, when they go two goals up in the first-half you start thinking this could end up any score, but we stuck together, showed great determination and quality. I'm very pleased.

"We are one of, if not the, youngest s​ides in the division playing against the most consistent team in the league at this point. It was an uphill battle for us from the start, but to then have to salvage something from a couple of goals down was a big ask, but credit to the lads, you never would have known that this was a team lacking in experience.

"The timing of Joe's goal was important; We're not going to sugar-coat anything, we weren't good enough in the first-half. As soon as we went a goal-down our heads dropped and we weren't competing. The goal gave us belief, so we changed the formation from a diamond to a 4-1-4-1 so we had better control. It was all us second-half."

A number of Kyle's side impressed on the day, and the Head of Coaching was keen to praise some of his players.

"It was great to see a number of mature displays from such young lads. Bright Samuel was lively down the left, Tyler Rufus deserved his goal, Luke Higham was moved into midfield for the second-half and was excellent, and what about Caleb Richards? He's an under 16 and he was fantastic when he came on."

Despite the draw, Blackpool still remain without a win in 2015, but Kyle feels the performance showed his side are improving all the time.

"We play like we did in the second-half for the rest of the season and we won't be dropping many points. Bury and Wigan are the two best sides in this league, and Bury will feel slightly relieved the final whistle blew when it did. The draw was probably a fair result based on our first-half, but on chances created we should have won.

"We have to take this momentum into the next game now, we have Accrington Stanley in the cup on Tuesday afternoon and the lads will go into the game with their tails up. If we carry that second-half performance into midweek, we'll have a great chance of progressing," he added.

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