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Youth Set For Cup Semi-Final

11 February 2015

Kyle Previews Tranmere Clash

Richie Kyle thinks his side’s weekend draw with Carlisle can prove a springboard ahead of their cup-clash with Tranmere Rovers.

His youth team face a trip to the Wirral this afternoon in the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup and Kyle was keen to stress the importance of the tie.

“We’re 90 minutes from a final, so of course it’s a big game for us,” he said. “We’ve been on a bit of a bad run of late but the draw at the weekend stopped the rot, so hopefully we can build again.

“You see it all the time in football, teams can’t buy a win in the league but do well in cup competitions, and we’re hoping that will be the case today. We’ve lost some key players in the last month or so and have been unlucky in a few matches, but on Saturday I thought we competed well and could well have nicked it at the end.”

Kyle admitted it had been a tough spell for his Seasiders, but was keen to stress he felt his side were through the worst now.

“There is a real positive mood in the camp, it’s a much better place to be than the week before so we go into the match with every confidence.

“Tranmere are a very good side, in the top three in our division, we’ve had some great battles with them over the last few years and I fully expect another one. It’s a very tough test for us but if you want to win competitions you will always come up against challenges and this is another one.

“We’re in the last four on merit, the lads have done well in this competition and they’ll be looking to do the same today. We go into the game as under-dogs but that’ll suit us just fine. We have a game-plan and if the lads stick together and play as well as they can, we can make the final,” he added.

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